We think we listen better than others and others think they listen better than we do.
No one is born with more or less listening DNA or listening talent. We are influenced from birth learning positive and negative listening habits.
We can learn to be excellent listeners. These aptitudes are the foundation every effective listener practices first: Stop talking. Breathe. Lean in. Ask for clarification. Smile your genuine smile. Recognize their uniqueness. They prepare us to be mindful and present in the listening moment.
8X8 Principle. Practice one of the skills eight times a day for eight days as listening moments are presented. Add the next skill to the one you learned and practice them together eight times a day for eight days. When the skills feel natural and people experience and affirm your listening then you will have achieved great success.
Listen, Lead. Inspire.