Listening is an obvious skill everyone must have. In business, it’s especially critical. Companies must listen to their customers. Supervisors must listen to their subordinates. Peers must listen to each other. The key is removing the emotions and focus on the following actions:
- Evaluate the need to listen.
- Manage internal and external noises.
- Demonstrate a curious and open mind.
- Manage the flow of conversation.
Effective listening is critical to sorting through and keeping up with the information needed to get results.