3 Ways to Be a Better Listener (60-Second Video)

Good listeners tend to make better leaders, business partners and investments. Here's how to amp up your skills.

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  • Think of listening as a choice. Research suggests multi-tasking is a myth, and multi-tasking while communicating is no exception. Even checking a text during a conversation can make whoever you're speaking with feel devalued. 
  • Make sure you're having a conversation, not giving a speech. Findings from MIT suggest that, no surprise, it’s human nature to favor an engaging conversation over a one-sided one -- even from a young age -- so ask questions and make it clear how what you’re saying is relevant to the other person. 
  • If you’re famously long-winded, try paring down your word count by thinking about what you'll say before you speak -- or give yourself an overall time limit by asking the other person if they can set aside a certain amount of time (say, 15 minutes) to focus on the conversation.

For more tips, check out Entrepreneur's article on how to become a better communicator.

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