Do some people stop listening before you stop talking? Consider this. When stressed one symptom is that it is literally harder to hear other people. And anyone who says they don’t feel fearful sometimes in the face of this wildly uncertain economy is in deep denial.
That’s a wake-up call to savvy, caring people who want to stay sought-after and relevant. Learn exactly how to listen sooner, deeper and longer instead of talking at others, as some research shows we are increasingly doing.
Try Connective Listening. Stand out by clearly listening in 20 specific, ways I described in my Forbes column, Connected and Quotable, found under the Leadership section. Some are surprising yet the bonus benefit is the conviviality and trust you engender in practicing them can lead to a more meaningful life you can savor with others.