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Be Great At Listening

February 1, 2010

It’s another first Monday of the month and time for the second tip you can use to create your own future as a successful entrepreneur.

Startup Tip #2 – Be Great At Listening

Give Full Attention To The Speaker – We all have given speeches where the audience was not fully engaged. A speaker will be more at ease and able to communicate more effectively when the audience is paying attention. Make eye contact with the speaker to show you are paying attention.

Don’t Interrupt And Have Patience – Let the speaker finish before asking questions or making comments. If a speaker pauses, resist the temptation to say something. Take notes, so you remember the questions you want to ask.

Ask Questions – Good listeners ask questions to get a clear understanding of the topics being discussed. Questions also help to clarify and confirm what is being said. Questions lead to dialog and discussion, which leads to better understanding of topics and issues.

Pay Attention To Non-Verbal Cues – Often people will give non-verbal cues while speaking, such as eye movement and hand movements. These cues can help you to assess credibility and honesty. Non-verbal cues can also help confirm what is being said as accurate or deceptive.

Do Not Assume – Always wait to hear an entire thought, speech or presentation so you have all the facts. Ask questions to gather any missing facts. Do not make assumptions without facts, because assumptions often lead to bad conclusions or faulty decisions.

Avoid Selective Listening/Hearing – Listening requires discipline and effort. It is very easy to lose focus and stop listening during a speech or presentation. Avoid distractions and letting your mind wander by consciously focusing on the speaker and the topics being discussed.

Be Calm and Relaxed – You will absorb and process more information if you are calm and relaxed while listening. Do not let stress, outside influences or random thoughts creep into your brain while listening.

Be Multilingual – Some people communicate in more than one language, but many do not. Because we are in a global economy, it is very important to take advantage of global business and networking opportunities. There are tools and technology available to help you communicate in many languages. I’m biased, but some of the best tools are available now at Other language translation tools from Mojofiti, such as Mojolingual will soon be available on handheld devices and members of will be able to use these tools for free.

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