A World Without Racism Listens
The Purpose of Listening
Listening, which is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process, is an important life skill that must be acquired and be worked on throughout our lives. This skill brings success to not only yourself but also to those around you. Primarily it is the foundation of one’s emotional intelligence and effective listening skills.
The purpose of listening is to show respect to the person or people that are speaking so that they can see that you are listening and engaged. Sequentially, they will do the same to you when it’s your turn to speak. Listening is not something everyone is good at doing, but with help, time, and patience anyone can learn to be a better listener and to better understand the purpose of truly listening. Listed below are some reasons why listening is a crucial skill to acquire early on in life:
Social skills, which include listening, are the building blocks of emotional intelligence. It stems from how people want to be seen, heard, and noticed. Listening also brings a form of connection that sparks action within a group or organization. Communication is key. It is important to speak to individuals whether they are our coworkers, friends, or family, and to listen to their side of the story. If issues arise make sure to politely confront them with your perspective on the issue so things can be resolved peacefully, and do not forget to listen.
Effective listening also relates to emotional intelligence because it shows the concern you have for others. By sharing your concern, it can form cohesive bonds that help build trust. Enacting effective listening helps reduce internal conflicts while also reducing the likelihood of future conflicts occurring. Besides resolving conflicts, effective listening also helps to show that you are interested in what the speaker has to say. It also helps when you are providing feedback and finding out what makes others tick when it comes to working.
Comparatively to emotional intelligence and effective listening, there are other beneficial purposes to listening. Listed below are other ways in which listening serves a purpose:
- Focuses on the messages being communicated by an individual
- Helps with gaining knowledge of another person’s point of view.
- Critically evaluates what the speaker is saying.
- Shows attention to non-verbal communication.
- Shows interest, concern, and concentration.
- Helps encourage the speaker to communicate truthfully to their listener.
- Puts the speaker first through the selflessness of the listener.
- Leads to an understanding of the perspective of both people.