EFFECTIVE LISTENING-BARRIERS OF LISTENING-BEST 2020
BARRIERS OF LISTENING

EFFECTIVE LISTENING-BARRIERS OF LISTENING-BEST 2020

EFFECTIVE LISTENING – BARRIERS OF LISTENING – BEST 2020

BARRIERS OF LISTENING

Intro  |  Listening in different ways | Barriers of Listening | Tips to Improve listening

Intro

BARRIERS OF LISTENING

Intro  |  Listening in different ways | Barriers of Listening | Tips to Improve listening

BARRIERS OF LISTENING

Listening could be achieved when we do more than speaking, that is not always the case. You don’t have to use your mouth to talk to yourself in a way that prevents Listening.

The easy answer is your brain. Barring language differences, hearing impairment, and background noise, the single most potent barrier to active Listening is our preconceived notions we hold in our minds. When opinions are referenced by phrases, words, and ideas that flag the retrieval of these notions, we preoccupy ourselves with the defense of these notions instead of listening.

Obstacles are significant in our world today, there are obstacles will discuss here 1)lack of concentration 2) ability to focus 3) noise 4)anxiety 5) obsessive-compulsive behaviour 6) brain fog etc. but for an unencumbered(a person who is advanced or without any burden) person who speaks the same language as another, can hear them correctly and concede them, their brain is the most significant barrier.

Listening is hearing and “understanding” what is being spoken, responding or perceive something.

If you notice, I have bold italicized the word understanding, is because that is something people overlook when the whole concept of Listening is concerned.

Listening skill is something people doesn’t consider as necessary as speaking ability. We see several soft skill sessions on “improving” speaking skills. But in my view, to be a good speaker, one should be a good listener, learn this and make a good habit of it. Practice makes a man perfect.

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LISTENING IN DIFFERENT WAYS

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You can listen in different ways.

  1. Listening through your ears – What is being said – Just words (What most of the people do – How else are we going to survive through boring lectures!).
  2. Active Listening through the brain – trying to understand what is being conveyed (What has to be done- but you know that’s not always what happens).
  3. Listening through your eyes – This is how a person who speaks listens. You cannot just blatantly talk if you intend to be heard. See and listen to how your words are being conceived and contemplated. Open your eyes to listen whether you are making sense or you are just torture.

Barriers of being a good listener are many, as they say, it always starts with YOU.

Most of the time in a conversation, we care to “listen” to respond with what we know. With me, it happens that I have already thought a handful of points about the topic of discussion and will be waiting impatiently to put forward those points despite what the other person says. Initially didn’t look bad, but later on, I started realizing how much it is hampering the quality of the discussion and my response. People even started taking my opinions silly and doesn’t “see any point” in discussing with me.

So here’s how I tried/am trying to overcome the barriers to be a better listener.

  1. Have patience: Always give time to the other person to complete his sentences. Also, don’t right away jump to respond without thinking thoroughly through.
  2. Be attentive: Always try to understand what is being said and respond relatively. In this way, all the parties involved will find the discussion intriguing.
  3. Be responsive: You acknowledge the person speaking. Just a nod to notify that you are listening or if you didn’t understand, follow point no.1 and then raise your concerns.

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1)Regard it as a debate (win or lose) 

2)Be preoccupied with other unrelated tasks that are waiting 

3)Be waiting for the first pause to interrupt with your opinion 

4)Be unwilling to take in and accept the stage that the conversation partner sets.

5) Didn’t understand parts of the conversation? don’t stuck over there, have it clarified.

A barrier also might be Deafness, Surrounding noise, Language comprehension, or even excruciating pain

Those aside, the barriers are the listener himself: disinterest, waiting to talk, lack of knowledge, arrogance, judging speaker, jumping ahead, distracted by body language, or any other behaviours that take the “listener” away from focusing on the interaction.

The problem with Active Listening is that people learn it as a set of techniques; whereas true Listening is complex and requires a person’s brain, body, and emotions to be engaged in all interactions.

How to get improved in listening? Choose to shut out every thought Except what you need to pay attention to for the next number of minutes, hours, etc. Do over and over again, until it becomes a habit. 

  1. improve active listening skills
  2. Improve reading and comprehension skills

Active Listening is all about building your interpersonal skills.

It helps in building a rapport and getting the desired work done. It improves trust among people and strengthens the bond.

Active Listening also improves efficiency in studies and at work.

Let’s look at each of them separately:

Active Listening includes not just hearing but also listening, feeling and imagining what’s is spoken. When someone is speaking to you, just pay attention to that person, don’t let your own thoughts to distract you from what you are talking about. After speaking some sentences, interrupt the person and express what you’ve understood. Paraphrase it and explain what you have understood.

Understanding another person’s perspective ideally is Active Listening.

Reading and comprehension

Whatever you are reading, read it with full concentration, interpret it in your own words, and paraphrase it. Then read an equivalent section again and see whether what you’ve understood is that the same as what’s written. Only then go forward with the next section.

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TIPS TO IMPROVE LISTENING

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Tips to Improve Listening Skills

  • Put the TV or radio on in the background while you’re doing other things. Don’t actively listen (but don’t get distracted by things that need a high level of your native language). Passive Listening will help you to feel the rhythm of the language, and when you try to actively listen later, you will understand more. It feels like magic!
  • Actively listen to things that are too difficult for you (where you understand between 0% and about 50%).
  • Actively listen to things that are the right level for you (where you understand between 50% and 80% – if you understand 100% then it’s too easy for you).
  • Watch movies without subtitles.
  • Watch with the subtitles in your target language.
  • Watch with the subtitles in your native language.
  • Watch youtube videos on any topic that interests you.
  • Listen to music in your target language. Look up the lyrics and follow along with the words.
  • Listen to audiobooks. Follow along in the paper book if you want.
  • Engage in conversation with native speakers of your target language. Ask them to repeat, clarify, or write down words that you don’t get.
  • Engage in conversation with non-native speakers. They will naturally speak more slowly, at a pace that works for you. Take the nuance of their grammar and vocabulary with a grain of salt; they will make mistakes.
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