On this week's episode of Press Start Leadership Podcast, we discuss:
The Art of Active Listening for Leaders
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Welcome back press starters to another awesome edition of the press star leadership podcast. On this week's episode, we're discussing the art of active listening for leaders. improve your communication by practicing silence. Listening is a big part of communication. It allows us to learn, plan, develop, create, think, and be a part of something larger than ourselves. Listening builds trust and relationships establishes rapport and demonstrates concern. Learn how to listen well if you want to know what people want. And you must learn active listening to be a great leader. Why? It's not just about hearing what people say. But what they don't say. Active listening is giving your full attention to someone as you comprehend what they're communicating. subtlety is included. Ready to be an awesome active listener? Here are the basics. Look at the person talking. Make eye contact. avoid distractions. Put your phone away, be present. use gestures like nodding to let them know you understand. give feedback. Have the basics down. Here's some additional techniques and tips to take your active listing to the next level. Use brief verbal affirmations like I see. Ask open ended questions that are specific to what they're talking about. Request clarification when needed. This tells the person that you want to know what they have to say. paraphrase. This lets the person know you heard them, processed it and reformat it in a way you understand. summarize your conversation and the discussion by bullet pointing what you heard. Now you're listening. But are you really understanding? Here's some tips for comprehending what you're being told. visualize what the person to say. follow any directions given to you. Slow down in practice silence. withhold personal judgment. As a leader. These things can help you hear what people are saying in conversations and meetings. However, there's one more thing you can do to increase your success. The best scenario for active listening is in one on ones. Make these meetings a special space where your employees can share and big knowledge and you're well on your way to leader of the year. Learn more awesome leadership skills when you download my free ebook, five growth leadership skills. And don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. That's this week's episode of press Start leadership podcast. Thanks for tuning in. And as always, thanks for being awesome. Give us a follow, like, share, and even review if you like it, we'd really appreciate it. Cheers. If you haven't downloaded my free e book five heroic leadership skills, click on the link in the description. Tune in next week for your next episode of press star leadership podcast. Thank you. Oh, hi, and the episodes over but thanks for sticking around till the end. Be sure to check out more episodes in the playlist and new episodes every week on Monday. Follow or subscribe so you never miss an episode. Don't forget to leave a review. Thanks again for being awesome.