You’re probably not a good listener. No offense, it’s just statistically likely. So, the question is then, why are you a bad listener and how do you fix it?

Why you are a bad listener and how to be better

No one wants to be known as a bad listener. No one wants to forget an entire side of a conversation and have to ask someone to repeat. Everyone wants to be a good listener. Few people want to become a good listener. Just like everyone wants to play the guitar, while few want to learn to play guitar.

Today I’m going to share 7 reasons why you might be a bad listener and 7 ways to fix that. All of these are from experience. Trust me, I am a recovering bad listener. It’s something I struggle with every single day.

But I am getting better. Here’s what I’ve learned and how you, too, can be a better listener.

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Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.

I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.

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What are your tips for being a better listener?

0 thoughts on “Episode 038: Why You are a Bad Listener and How to Fix It [PODCAST]

  1. I think of listening as a “gear” – you cant be in reverse gear and first gear at the same time. Likewise, you cant listen and talk at the same time… When you want to be listening, you are in comment mode only, commenting on what you are hearing, not adding your opinion.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      That is a great view Telana. One thing I didn’t mention that I am working on is to pause and make the first words out of my mouth a clarification of what the other person said. This is only appropriate some of the time but it really works and it REALLY forces me to listen.

      Sorry for the reply…was enjoying some vacation time 🙂

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