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Here are some good ways to develop listening skills:
Be interested in person you are talking to. Listen with intention of learning about them. If a person senses you are really interested in getting to know them, they will begin to feel warmly towards you and talk more openly. This is a good way of building rapport, and also winning them over to your side.
Develop an attitude of curiosity towards people. Ask them questions about what they think, feel and enjoy. Find out how they see world, what opinions they may have, their aspirations, and their experiences.
Develop your observation skills to notice things about other person. What brings a smile to their face? What small things are important to them? When you notice even small things, it makes other person feel special and important.
The benefits of having good listening skills are far reaching. You build rapport quicker with others and you can act and speak from an informed position. You gain a greater understanding of others and are able relate at a deeper level. People respond to your interest and become interested in you. It increases your popularity and others are open to cooperate and help you out when you are in need. Most importantly is how you can make a positive difference for someone, just by listening to them.
Barbara White http://www.livingbeyondbetter.com
Barbara White is the founder of Beyond Better Development, a company that is dedicated to empowering people in their personal and professional growth. For more self improvement articles visit http://www.livingbeyondbetter.com and Barbara's Blog http://www.accesssuccess.blogspot.com This article was extracted from Barbara's Growing Beyond Better newsletter