Stephen Covey said it best.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply.”
How do you listen to your team? Your children? Your spouse?
Are you listening to understand – or are you think about your answer?
The typical human can talk 225 words a minute.
They can listen at 500 words a minute.
What happens in the void?
Daydreaming – what your answer will be – how you agree or disagree with the speaker – what’s for lunch?
All too often we are not listening for understanding.
Try this –
For the next 24 hours really listen to every conversation. Listen to understand what the person is saying.
See if they notice.
See if your conversations are deeper and more engaging.