Bad Habits in Listening

“In contingent communication, the receiver of the message listens with an open mind and with all his or her senses. Her reaction is dependent on what was actually communicated, not on a predetermined and rigid mental model of what was expected” (Siegel and Hazell, 2006) + (Alasko, et al., 2008)

What are your bad habits

Which of these bad habits in listening do you have?

Bad Listening Habits

  • Interrupting and finishing sentences
  • Jumping to conclusions
  • Answering with advice – even when it’s not requested
  • Making up your mind at the start
  • Being a compulsive note taker
  • Giving no feedback or response
  • Being impatient
  • Losing temper when you don’t hear what you want
  • Changing the subject to your experience
  • Planning your reply versus listening to what they are saying

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For better ways of listening see

What Stops Good Communication?

Better Ways of Listening

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