Best Ways to Listen Better
Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing many ways to understand the difference between hearing and listening. We spoke about what the process of listening implies, and brought to you glimpse of a LearnEd class with our Effective Communication Path. This is an example of formulas that our educators at LearnEd follow when working with clients on effective communication strategies. Our educators also bring in real-world examples and stories to help clients internalize and understand these formulas while giving a lot of practice routines to move closer to mastery.Here’s one of our favorite TED Talk videos that we find useful and effective.
Julian Treasure is a communications expert. His work deals with how to make someone better at listening, and hence better at conversing with the world around them. While all of his Ted Talks and books are a treasure trove of information, lets deep-dive into just one of them for this post. Take a few minutes and listen to the talk here.
The talk focuses on ways in which one can consciously retune their hearing in order to listen more meaningfully. In the previous posts in this series on the LearnEd Blog, we have detailed how to modify your process of listening in order to achieve the same results. He talks about patterns such as distancing, wherein our brain automatically distinguishes a continuous sound as noise and wipes it out of what we register as hearing. A fascinating part of this talk focuses on filters – how the filters of culture, values, attitude, expectation and more alter the way we perceive and listen to others.
Not only does he use extremely simple terms to help us understand what he wants to say, he also does it in a humorous way. The use of real examples from his own life, live trials with the studio audience and their reactions make the talk very engaging and informative.
At LearnEd, our goal is to practice such techniques and help you discover your latent communication strategy, just as Julian does all over the world. Contact us now for more resources like this.