If we all spent more time listening to others, and being empathetic and compassionate to what people are saying, the world would undoubtedly be a friendlier place.
But how do we become better listeners? First, we need to understand and control the emotions inside ourselves so we can be conscious and present in the conversation.
Getting to a place where we are each like water – a place where comments and situations pass through us without emotional responses being triggered, a place where we can maintain neutrality in all situations – is key to being effective listeners.
When we are calm and neutral, we can truly listen to those around us, and we can make our peers and partners feel both heard and understood with statements like:
What I heard you saying is... Is that correct?
When people feel heard by you, they will see you as empathetic and compassionate. The action of listening also helps the person talking achieve a heightened sense of awareness and consciousness. Together, you can create a real connection.
The ability to drive authentic connections is an intangible skill that can help us all, no matter who we are or what we do. From that genuine place of connection, you will find creativity and growth.
Consciousness, compassion, connections… they all come from a place of positive energy, and we know positive energy is circular. What you give, you will also receive. And it all starts with listening.