Communicating messages is an ongoing daily effort between all species. Animals communicate with one another just as humans communicate. One of the basic needs of humans is relational interaction because we want to know that others care, understand and can relate. All of which requires a dialogue, but especially a listening ear. Did I just say communicators need a listening ear? Yes. That is what I said. It does seem odd doesn’t it, that I would recommend that speakers develop the skill of listening. But that is one of the most important skills a speaker can develop. When a speaker has the ability to listen carefully, he or she is able to:
1. KNOW their audience
2. RELATE to their listeners
3. SHARE authentically
4. INFLUENCE action
Being a communicator who actively listens with a true genuine nature will have a captivated audience because the listeners will feel valued. Appreciating others by listening is of GREATER value than a well-delivered speech.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~Winston Churchill