How to Become an Active Listener
Updated: Nov 16
Is it safe to assume that every human wants to feel “heard"?
When we say we want “to be heard,” it’s not just about someone acknowledging what we say. Rather, we want someone to be sincerely present, fully hear, understand, and accept us without judgement.
Ralph Nichols known as the “Father of Listening” said, “The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.”
When someone actively listens to us, we feel that we matter. That feeling and our connection to others is vital to our emotional and psychological wellbeing.
But truthfully, listening doesn’t always come easy.
With so many distractions, it can be challenging to be present and actively listen to the person who’s speaking.
Have you ever been in a conversation and felt unheard? Or spoken to someone who seemed as if they were only half listening to you?
Have you ever “listened” to someone and found yourself planning your response the entire time?
Healthy communication is active listening; it is an important part of living a positively anti-inflammatory life.
In today’s new podcast episode 43, “Being an Active Listener” I explain what active listening is, why it’s important, and how you do it.
I give you 6 active listening techniques that you can use to help you become a more effective listener with the intention that this skill set will help improve your relationships, communication, and wellbeing.
Also, as you become a more effective listener, you are modeling that for others. Win-Win!
Love, Your Wellness Coach,
October 20, 2021