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| | Introduction: What does it really take to be a good listener in a conversation? I believe it takes all senses that you have in your body. For example: hearing, vision to see the attitude that is being given, the ability to talk and ask questions, and feelings at hand yours and the person you’re having the conversation with. 1. Repeat ask questions and clarify. When someone is telling you a story or has information that is important to them to share with you, repeat what they have said. This will not only show them you were listening, but it will also ensure that you remember what was said to you later. Ask clarifying questions. If in listening to someone speak, there are points which are not clear, ask questions. Don't berate them, but ask questions that will show them that you are paying attention and are truly interested in the topic in which they are discussing. 2. Write it down if possible. If you are in a classroom, an interview, or on a sales call, one of the most effective ways to listen is to write down what one is saying. Make sure they know you are going to take notes, and then take out your notebook and pen to get started! You would be amazed at how much you will remember of the conversation if you just write it down! 3. Non-verbal cues. One of the keys to listening is to pay attention to the speaker. Maintain eye contact and acknowledge what they are saying as they are saying it. Again, one way to ensure you have heard them is to say something like: "So, (Susie), if I understand you correctly, you want…(insert what they have just said to you here)." This will keep both you and the speaker on track and focused on the conversation. Mirror body language. If the person with whom you are engaging in conversation is sitting back, cross-legged, with arms folded in their lap, it is important that you mirror a similar image in your own body

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