Five ways to better listening…and leadership

A recent poll in May queried over 2,000 people on what they felt was the single most important characteristic of a good listener.

Almost half (45.5%) said the key is “giving complete and focused attention to the discussion.”

How would you rate yourself on that point?

Five ways to better listening –

1. Talk less (more)

2. Be approachable and receptive (more)

3. Give your complete attention (more)

4. Maintain appropriate body language (more)

5. Work to understand the message (more)

Action Step: Interested in learning more? Visit talklesslistenmore.comto quiz yourself on your listening skills, pick up actionable tips on improving (in all the different roles of your life) these skills and download a guide for offline reference.

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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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