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Solution Name:​​ Increasing Listening Skills​​ 


Solution Plan: ​​ 

Demonstrate Listening Skills​​ by Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing and summarizing are effective​​ communication skills that​​ help to​​ make sense of a speaker’s points​​ and​​ allows the listener​​ to demonstrate that​​ they​​ are listening closely.

Make Consistent Eye Contact

Learning how to listen isn’t just about what you say to others. Body language also has a major role to play. Be sure to maintain eye contact to the needs of others.

Ask​​ Open​​ Ended​​ Questions

Closed questions are one that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”, while open questions are designed to promote longer, more thoughtful responses.

Remember Past Details

Take any​​ opportunity to​​ add a comment that​​ proves​​ the individual​​ has​​ listened and remembered something from a past conversation. This makes​​ individuals​​ feel valued and proves that you really​​ did​​ pay attention.

Be​​ a​​ Good Listener by Nodding

As with eye contact, nodding and smiling can be easily overlooked when you’re thinking about how to improve listening skills, as you might just take it for granted that you do this when​​ talking.

Communicate Active Listening​​ While Practicing in Front of​​ a​​ Mirror​​ 

It​​ can be useful to​​ practice the above mentioned in a​​ mirror or practice in front of a family member/friend.​​ 







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