The Art of Listening

Which of the following four listening strategies did you use in each segment: Be Ready to Listen; Be an Attentive Listener; Hear the Whole Message; and Apply the Best Listening Skills.

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It sounds simple, but one important step is to be ready to listen. Things like daydreaming can distract you from the task at hand. Try to avoid multitasking, and pay attention. Things like daydreaming can distract you from the task at hand.


There are 44 sounds used in the English language. Things like daydreaming can distract you from the task at hand.

I watched an episode of WORLD CAFE ASIA, about cooking in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. In the first half: I was lying back on a couch, playing with my tablet computer. Glancing at the TV occasionally, hearing but not really listening, or paying much attention. However, when I heard words which I knew about Tamil Nadu (from the website I have written about the place), such as the Koddambakkan district, my interest was piqued. I looked at a satellite picture of Chennai on my tablet, and showed my father what appeared to be a cricket stadium (he is a cricket fan.) I walked into the kitchen to fix myself a drink. In the second half of the show, I got myself a notebook and pen so I could take notes on the show if necessary. Looked at the screen for most of the time, and I have to say, I do remember now (one day later) more from the second half of the show than I remember from the first half. I was still lying slouched on the sofa, but I was facing the screen, with few distractions.

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