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  • Writer's pictureKemi Sorinmade

Are You a Good Listener?

This week, I've been working on finishing up the content for the 5 Weeks to a Better Leader, Better Business training I'll be facilitating for a local organization next month.

I'm also offering the class virtually for individuals who want to up level their businesses. In one of the sessions, I will be teaching on the Benefits, Barriers and the Art of Listening for Success.

The ability to listen is key to connecting with and gaining influence with others. As a result, you succeed as a leader, parent, employee, or business owner. I want to share with you the benefits of acquiring this skill. Many people say they are good listeners but in essence, what they are saying is that they are good hearers. In fact, being an introvert myself, people have told me I was a good listener but I realized I wasn't when I began to learn more about the skill. Listening goes beyond not talking….

When you truly listen to others, it causes you to take action and make the life of that other person better. When you truly listen to your followers, you give them what they need and they are motivated. Listen to your prospects and clients and you give them what they need and in return they buy from you and remain with you.

Listed below are some other benefits of listening:

Listening shows respect – whenever you don’t pay attention to what others have to say, you send them the message that you don’t value them.

Listening builds relationships – By developing your listening skills, you are able to connect with people on deeper levels

Listening increases knowledge –You will learn more about your friends, family, your job, your organization, team mates, employees and clients…and yourself when you decide to really listen to others. You don’t learn anything by being the talker. When you develop listening skills now and continue to use them, you will be able to gather the information you need to succeed. Beware of putting yourself in a position where you think you know all the answers

Listening generates ideas – Listen to feedback. Good companies have a reputation for listening to their people and customers. If you give people opportunities to share their thoughts, and you listen with an open mind, there will always be a flow of new ideas.

Listening builds loyalty – When you don’t listen to your stakeholders, they will find others who will. Anytime employees, spouses, colleagues, children or friends no longer believe they are being listened to, they seek out people who will hear them and give them what they want.

Listening allows you to solve problems effectively and help others – When you listen, you are able to know what the problems are with your clients, employees and team mates and you are able to provide the correct solutions.

You can make more friends in two weeks by becoming a good listener than you can in two years trying to get other people interested in you – Dale Carnegie (Tweet this)

Big people monopolize the listening, small people monopolize the talking – David Schwatz (Tweet This)

How well do you listen? Do you think improving your listening skills will increase your effectiveness as a parent, leader, employee, or business owner?

If you want to learn more about this skill and apply it and other leadership skills that will help you succeed in your current role, we can work together to make it happen. As mentioned, there is a session devoted to this in my upcoming class. In the class, we will also talk about the barriers to listening and how to master the art of listening….Plus so much more.

A big factor in growing a thriving business or becoming effective in your career is growing YOU: Your attitude, your relationship with others, and your self leadership. In the 5 Week course, you will learn and implement the principles to help you work better with others and your clients, grow your team, and business from a place of integrity, influence and impact. Check it out now to learn more and register. I hope you will join us. The class will be starting soon.

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