Barriers to Effective listening

According to LeaderLetter, Effective listening is actively absorbing the information given to you by a speaker, showing that you are listening and interested, and providing feedback to the speaker so that he or she knows the message was received. Unfortunately, people nowadays just hear not listen. Listening involves understanding the speaker but hearing does not involve understanding, it merely about giving a reply to the speaker.

The following are barriers to effective listening;

Having a Closed Mind: Humans tend to have ideals and values that we believe to be correct and it can be difficult to listen to the views of others that contradict our own opinions. The key to effective listening and interpersonal skills more generally is the ability to have a truly open mind. It helps to understand why others think about things differently to you and use this information to gain a better understanding of the speaker.

Preoccupation: This happens often when we worry about issues or stressed. When the mind is filled with thoughts, we fail to listen to what is being said as we’re too busy concentrating on what we’re thinking about.

Making pre-judgements: What screws people most is prejudgement. We already condemned people in our heart before listening to what the speaker has to say. For example, that a person is not very bright or is under-qualified so there is no point listening to what they have to say.

Listening is an important interpersonal skill and a prerequisite to many other communication skills. By learning to listen more effectively you can improve the quality of your professional and personal life.