August Hot Take: Why is Active Listening So Hard?

Welcome to August Hot Takes! To celebrate the podcast’s 2nd anniversary, we’re shaking things up with some solo episodes from yours truly. I’m answering common questions attendees ask during my keynotes and trainings.

This week: Why is active listening so hard? 

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Key Takeaways:

  • Active listening is not a natural skill to master. It is more complicated than basic listening. 
  • As much as you are able, taking notes during a conversation will allow you to better listen to what is being said, not allowing your mind to wander afar. 
  • Repeat back and validate what the other person is saying. This doesn’t mean you agree with what they are saying. 

“If you find it difficult to actively listen, just know you’re not alone. And know, it is an exercise, it is a muscle you can isolate and strengthen just like empathy.” —  Maria Ross

Resources Mentioned:

Empathy Circles:

Institute of Organization Development: Active Listening: Why is it so difficult?

Empathic Listening: 9 Strategies for Empathic Communication

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