Listening is a skill that has been practiced and perfected by many throughout the centuries. In this blog post we will explore 4 different types of listening, each with its own unique benefits. We’ll also discuss what to do when you find yourself unable to listen and how to be certain your message was received accurately.
4 Types of Listening
This is where you really try to understand the other person’s thoughts and feelings. You do this by being quiet, not interrupting them or defending your position when they say something that makes you uncomfortable.
Deep listening is a type of active, participative listening in which the listener pays attention to verbal and nonverbal cues from both themselves and their speaker. It helps build trust between two people while they are engaged in conversation because it shows that you’re committed to understanding their perspective on things. This builds rapport with others who will feel less guarded about expressing what’s really going on for them when they’re speaking openly with someone else who listens well–someone like yourself!
Full listening means hearing what someone says while acknowledging their emotional state with empathy behaviors like reflecting back how it sounds rather than focusing on the words.
Listening often involves thoughtful, careful attention. You can do this by paraphrasing what someone has said back to them so you better understand their message.
Full Listening is required in classrooms where teachers are instructing students about how to complete an assignment, among other things–but this skill also proves helpful outside of school environments too: workplaces require full focus during discussions regarding project assignments alongside supervisors who have expertise that would be useful for your particular field.
This is where you listen intently to what someone has said in order to find ways that it can be improved or changed. You only interrupt with questions if they’re needed for clarification, not to offer your opinion.
Critical listening is carried out by systematically analyzing a speaker’s message and distinguishing facts from opinions.
You may use critical listening when a speaker is pitching their product or the other person is trying to make some points in a disagreement. Critical listening occurs more often during debates and sales pitches.
Therapeutic listening helps people open up by feeling heard and understood without judgment so they feel more comfortable about sharing their thoughts and experiences in a safe environment.
Listening in a therapeutic way means you are allowing your friend or colleague to share what he/she wants. Listening to people means showing respect by nodding and maintaining eye contact, just like they would do for you.
How to Become a Better Listener?
Be a good listener is the best way to become better. Stop yourself from interrupting, defending your position when they say something that makes you uncomfortable or any other impulse while they’re speaking and attempt to follow these steps:
- Be actively engaged in conversation by looking at them, nodding occasionally, maintaining eye contact with their eyes and keeping your body relaxed.
- Provide feedback that feels appropriate and is in line with the speaker’s intention like nodding, making eye contact or asking questions if needed for clarification not to offer your opinion.
- Listen without interrupting by doing things like thinking about what they’re saying, listening without judgement or taking notes on the conversation so you can reference these later.
- Methods of preventing yourself from being unable to listen – Don’t multi-task while listening, focus on one thing at a time when possible; make eye contact which will help them know you’re present; maintain an open posture (keep space between both bodies); resist distractions like phones/TVs.
- Methods of being sure your message was received accurately – Repeat back what you heard to the other person, ask if they agree with that message. If not clarify and repeat until both parties are in agreement; check for understanding by asking any questions or requests around their thoughts/ feelings so there’s no misunderstanding.