When most people think about communication, they think about talking.
But effective communication isn't just about words; it's about listening, connection, and influence!
Believe it or not, better communication doesn't start with talking, it actually starts with active listening.
Active listening is truly engaging with the speaker, asking clarifying questions, and showing that you value their perspective. Too many times people are more focused on what they want to say that they don't bring anything that the other person says into the response and they also provide little to no value.
The fact is, you will never be an influential communicator or leader if you don't stop and take the time to listen. Why? Because when people feel heard, they are more likely to be open to what you have to say––to be influenced.
Being an active listener is the foundation for communicating in an influential way, but it takes more than that. Keep reading to see more skills you can...