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Listening Skills - The 10 Principles of Listening

Listening Skills - The 10 Principles of Listening
Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood – communication breaks down and the sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated. If there is one communication skill you should aim to master then listening is it. Listening is so important that many top employers provide listening skills training for their employees. This is not surprising when you consider that good listening skills can lead to: better customer satisfaction, greater productivity with fewer mistakes, increased sharing of information that in turn can lead to more creative and innovative work. Many successful leaders and entrepreneurs credit their success to effective listening skills. See our pages: Employability Skills and Customer Service Skills for more examples of the importance of listening in the workplace. Rachel Naomi Remen

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Listening and the Brain In his first semester as a student at Hampshire College, Mark Blumberg had an experience that would ultimately shape his academic career. Suddenly, and without warning, Blumberg lost hearing in his left ear. That would frighten anyone, but was perhaps even more disturbing for Blumberg, a vocalist who had transferred to Hampshire from Westminster Choir College. "All I could hear in my left ear was static and white noise," he recalled. Active Listening - Communication Skills Training from MindTools.com Hear What People are Really Saying Learn how to hear the whole message by using active listening techniques. Listening is one of the most important skills you can have. 5 ways to build lasting self-esteem Monica Ramos Many of us recognize the value of improving our feelings of self-worth. When our self-esteem is higher, we not only feel better about ourselves, we are more resilient as well.

Listen Actively and Take Great Notes - McGraw Center - Princeton University Chances are, you'll take quite a few lecture courses at Princeton. You can maximize what you learn in and from lecture by following three easy steps: 1) adopt active listening skills; 2) take clear, effective notes; and 3) review your notes within 24 hours of taking them. Listen actively in lecture Get to class early so that you can choose a seat free of distractions and close to the lecturer. Look over your notes from last time and prepare for the day's lecture, anticipating themes, concepts, and ideas that the lecturer will likely present. Listen both for main ideas and for the relevant details supporting them.

Becoming a Critic Of Your Thinking Learning the Art of Critical Thinking There is nothing more practical than sound thinking. No matter what your circumstance or goals, no matter where you are, or what problems you face, you are better off if your thinking is skilled. As a manager, leader, employee, citizen, lover, friend, parent---in every realm and situation of your life, good thinking pays off. Poor thinking, in turn, inevitably causes problems, wastes time and energy, engenders frustration and pain. Critical thinking is the disciplined art of ensuring that you use the best thinking you are capable of in any set of circumstances.

The benefits of a good night's sleep - Shai Marcu "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1758 (in Poor Richard's Almanac) A third of our life is spent sleeping. How much sleep a person needs changes as one ages. A new mother needs seven hours of sleep per night, but her newborn baby needs 12-18 hours of sleep per night.

Assessing Listening Proficiency You can use post-listening activities to check comprehension, evaluate listening skills and use of listening strategies, and extend the knowledge gained to other contexts. A post-listening activity may relate to a pre-listening activity, such as predicting; may expand on the topic or the language of the listening text; or may transfer what has been learned to reading, speaking, or writing activities. In order to provide authentic assessment of students' listening proficiency, a post-listening activity must reflect the real-life uses to which students might put information they have gained through listening.

How to Study and Learn (Part Four) In the previous three articles we focused on ideas for helping students improve their studying and learning habits. All of the recommendations come from our Thinker's Guide to How to Study & Learn. This guide is designed to help students think deeply through content and begin to take their learning seriously. In this article, the final in its series, we focus on the importance of questioning in learning, providing suggestions to help students become active questioners. We also introduce students to the idea that some disciplines deal largely, if not exclusively, with definitive questions, while others deal largely with debatable questions.

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