In personal relationships, as well as in life, most people listen to others with an intent to respond, not with a focus on really listening to what the other person has to say. This is often the area where relationships fail – because people aren’t “hearing” what the other person is telling them! One way to solve communication problems in relationships is to talk less, listen more while the other person is speaking so that you hear not only their words, but also their underlying tone. This way you can also see their gestures and expressions because nonverbal communication often tells you more than words can. Effective listening builds trust and can help strengthen a relationship.
If you find that you are having troubles in your personal and professional relationships, you might find that improving your listening skills will help. We offer life coaching services that can strengthen these skills. To learn more, call Barbara and Nancy at Elegant Introductions today at 305-615-1900 or contact us for more information.