Listening is a hugely underrated skill.
Especially these days where social media, in many ways, encourages people to be loud – because it’s difficult to be heard otherwise.
There is just too much noise.
Most people are only concerned about getting their point across, about getting their voice heard.
Few really care about listening to others, or understanding others points of view.
The irony is, an atmosphere where everyone just cares about speaking and getting their voice heard only leads to a lot of noise.
Because no one is listening.
If you want other people to pay attention to what you have to say, it is first important to listen.
After all, if you are not willing to extend others this courtesy then why on earth should anyone listen to you?
But that’s not the only reason to listen, of course.
Listening – genuinely listening – has many benefits.
Listening helps you learn, and grow.
Listening promotes understanding and cooperation.
Listening reduces (if not eliminates) misunderstandings.
Those are just a few benefits of listening. There are loads more.
At the end of the day, it’s not only selfish to just speak and not listen, it is also foolish.
Because you are missing out massively on a vital part of the human connection.
Like the famous proverb goes, there’s a reason why we have two ears and one mouth.
Listen more than you speak.