Listen Actively

Jason Advice

Most of the time when we are in conversation with someone else, we passively listen to them and actively think about what it is we are going to say next. But by doing this you’re doing them and yourself a disservice. We don’t learn things by talking, but by listening and actively trying to understand what it is the person is saying, both explicitly and implicitly. We can only think actively about one thing at a time and by doing so to prepare our own comments, we only catch the explicit words that are being said, completely missing the much more telling implicit meanings behind those words.