Whether you’re fresh on the job or you’ve been employed at your company for while, everyone can exhaust a lesson in improving how they listen at work. How many times believe you been stuck in a assembly and zone out during a presentation or someone is speaking on a topic you believe no interest in and you figure — why bother, so you halt up checking your tweets or hop on Tinder and start swiping? But did you ever reflect you’re the one with the listening problem? Probably not.
whether you’re not walking out of meetings feeling inspired, productive, or accomplished, you should reevaluate your listening skills. Yes, there are a few meetings you’ll attend in your career that leave you wondering, “Why did this just happen and how achieve I rep back the final 45 minutes of my life,” but whether every assembly or gathering you attend leaves you feeling that washed out — something’s a miss and my bet is on your lack whether paying attention. But you can fix perfect that with some self-awareness and practice. (And you can apply this to your relationships at domestic too)
There are two types of listening we can achieve, we either “listen for” or “listen with.” I’ll smash down the two so you can quickly see the major disagreement between the two and how its been impacting your career.
“Listening for” is the type of listening you achieve when you’re being receptive to ideas and open to suggestions. Someone is talking and you’re actually listening with the intent of greedy their concept, main opinion, or information. The act of “listening for” will leave you with some type of insight and it’s the best type when you’re receiving feedback from a supervisor or a colleague. This type of listening will advance your career and accelerate your plans of climbing the success ladder.
“Listening with” is the kind of listening that closes you off to what’s being said and shuts down any chance of truly having an exchange. This type of listening comes with baggage. You’re either listening with judgment, bitterness, or “fill in the blank.” You are too busy trying to rep your point across that you’re lost the actual exchange and the opportunity to set up collaboration with another department, colleague, or better your relationship with your supervisor.
Now, you may be mentally flipping through situations and thinking, but Penny in Payroll seems to always “listen for” and she gets trampled on and Sheri in Media is always “listening with” and she’s a tough core profit making machine for the company. It may seem like the suitable guy does’t always finish first, but my focal point is you — not them. What’s best for you and your career and where you want to recede? Since listening generally,normally involves two people, and you’re portion of the equation, you want to originate certain you’re not creating a hostile work environment and leaving behind a trail of negativity because you never know who will be listening when it’s time to switch companies and you’re on an interview for a fresh job with an musty coworker.
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