One of the side effects of the pandemic is our addiction to technology. We have become increasingly more reliant on it especially through the lockdown periods and other difficult times. We are losing our trust in humanity. Although technology has the benefits of keeping in touch with people that we can’t meet up with, it also has its drawbacks. One of them is it compromises our ability to interact with each other under normal conditions. How can we restore humanity back to being connected, tolerant and empathetic towards each other? The answer lies in listening skills. By giving we get!
We need to be seen and heard to be fulfilled that is in our blueprint and part of the human experience. We should use verbal and nonverbal techniques to connect. It assists in understanding the others preceptive, considering their mood and how it can impact the outcome. By being more perceptive you become more innovative to better the outcome. We have to stop hearing and start listening to each other. Hearing is just acknowledging your environmental noises. This is what we sometimes do if a speaker is boring and challenging to listen to. Whereas listening is hanging onto the other person’s words and engaging both auditory and visually enough to show respect.
My friend Kenny said, to make it a priority to listen to others, even the incoherent speakers. Let them finish, regard their opinion and curb your speaking into listening. Use non-verbal communication. By relaxing and opening up your body to them. Nod, offer them a smile and a slight tilt of your head, lean into the conversation. Replace judgement with no interruptions only an observation of their comfort and excitement levels. Really listen and pick up on the key points of what they have said. Then summarise
and clarify your understanding back to them. Be empathetic by using an appropriate tone and show them verbally and non-verbally they matter to you. You can check out similar videos here
Let’s be the future and not allow Technology to control us. Love matters and this comes from being with people. If you liked this video try this one