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What should be done to become successful listener?

by Professor Muhammad Shafiq Malik
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In order to become a successful listener, he should avoid the following things:

Avoid talking unnecessarily:

He should avoid the desire of talking unnecessarily. He should make the speaker aware that he is fully absorbed in his talk on anything aimlessly.

Avoid fidgeting:

He should avoid fidgeting. He should not fidget while he is listening to a speaker. Some listeners move their hands, twist their moustaches, shake their hair and touch their cheeks while listening to somebody. Fidgeting disturbs uniformity of attention.

Avoid interruption:

A listener should not criticize the speaker even if he delivers ideas against his taste. His criticism will disturb the unity of ideas.

Avoid criticism:

A listener should not criticize the speaker even if he delivers ideas against his taste. His criticism will disturb the unity of ideas.

Result of good listening

The process of good listening is a rewarding experience for the person who listens well. It has the following advantages of listening:

  1. It helps a listener to build a positive attitude towards a speaker and his speech.
  2. It helps a listener and a speaker to come close together. It removes the barriers between them.
  3. It indicates by feedback to the speaker that the listener is interested in his talk.
  4. It creates a better rapport (coordination) and understanding between a speaker and a listener.
  5. It helps a speaker to share his problem with a listener and gets his help to solve it.
  6. It helps a listener to get useful information about a certain problem from a speaker and this information becomes very useful in taking the correct decision.
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