Importance of Listening Skills

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It helps us in learning basic listening skills by knowing the benefits of effective listening and the importance of listening.
1. Business Communication :Basic
Concepts and Skills
Listening Skills
Presented by: Kamelia gulam
2. Chapter Outline
 .1 What is Listening?
 .2 Process of Listening.
 .3 Importance of Listening
 .4 Basic Types of Listening
 .5 Barriers to effective listening
 .6 How to Listen Effectively?
 .7 Benefits of Effective Listening
3. 1.What Is Listening? (1)
• Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret
messages in the communication process.
• Listening is key to all effective communication, without
the ability to listen effectively messages are easily
• Listening is one of the most important skills you can
• An active process of getting information, ideas.
• “Listening is the process of receiving, constructing 3
meaning from, and responding to spoken.
4. 1. What is Listening? (2)
• Listining is not just about being
Quiet while someone else is speaking.
• Listening is with the Mind.
• Hearing with the senses.
• Listening is conscious.
• To improve our interpersonal & oral exchange.
Just Listening to words is not enough; a good Listener
has to pay attintion to the non-verbal communication
of the speaker.
5. 2.Process of Listening
6. • Is the intentional focus on hearing a speaker’s message.
• This stage is represented by the ear because it is the
primary tool involved with this stage of the listening
7. 2- Understanding
• In the understanding stage, we attempt to learn the meaning of the
message, which is not always easy.
• Deciding what the message means to you
8. 3- Remembering
• Remembering begins with listening; if you can’t remember
something that was said, you might not have been listening
• However, even when you are listening attentively, some
messages are more difficult than others to understand and
remember. Highly complex messages that are filled with detail
call for highly developed listening skills.
9. 4- Evaluating
• The fourth stage in the listening process is evaluating.
• evaluations of the same message can vary widely from
one listener to another.
• The stages two, three, and four are represented by the
brain because it is the primary tool involved with these
stages of the listening process.
10. 5- Responding
• Responding—sometimes referred to as feedback—is the fifth and
final stage of the listening process.
• Your reaction to the message. It can be emotional and intellectual
• For example, you are giving positive feedback to your instructor if at
the end of class you stay behind to finish a sentence in your notes
or approach the instructor to ask for clarification. The opposite kind
of feedback is given by students who gather their belongings and
rush out the door as soon as class is over.
• This stage is represented by the lips because we often give feedback
in the form of verbal feedback; however, you can just as easily
respond nonverbally.
11. 3. Importance of Listening
• We show that we are serious
• We display respect to other’s view point
• Helps us to learn
• Helps us to adapt and understand
• Empathize
12. Why Listening is Important?
• To avoid communication errors.
• Helps to learn something new.
• It is the key to success.
13. 4. Basic Types of Listening
• Active listening
• Selective listening
• Emphatic listening
• Ignoring listening
14. 1/ Active Listening
• Understanding all things
• Proper interaction.
• Proper feedback
15. 2/ Selective Listening
• We remember only
• Selective portion.
• Topic is not to our liking
16. 3/ Empathetic listening
• When we listen empathetically, we go beyond sympathy to
seek a truer understand how others are feeling.
• This requires excellent discrimination and close attention to
the nuances of emotional signals. When we are being truly
empathetic, we actually feel what they are feeling.
17. 4/ Ignoring Listening
• Not listening at all
• Is pretty insulting to others.
• It can lead to strained relations
18. Can you hear me talking?
• Does that mean that you are a good listener?
• A person with normal hearing is not necessarily a good
• Many different things can prevent a speaker’s message
from being received…
• These are called barriers to listening.
19. 5. Barriers to effective listening
Some common barriers in the process of listening are listed
1.Pre-judgments about the speaker .
2.Assuming that the speaker is going to give some
unimportant information .
3.Arriving late for a speech, presentation or lecture .
4.Judging the speaker by his/her mannerisms, voice,
appearance, accent, etc.
5.Lack of concentration/interest .
6.Avoiding listening to difficult, boring or complex information
and selectively listening only to what is considered
7.Speaker or listener being distracted by disturbances .
20. 6. How To Listen Effectively?
1. Stop Talking – Be Silent
2. Show Interest
3. Empathize
4. Ask Questions
5. Maintain Eye Contact
6. Take notes
7. Listen Creatively
8. Put Your Entirety
9. Send feedback
10. Avoid or eliminate distraction
11. Try to gather information about the
topic to develop interest and familiarity.
21. 7. Benefits of Effective
• Enhances productivity
• Improves relations
• Avoids conflicts
• Improves understanding
• Improves negotiation skills
• Adds to your Image & Personality
22. Any Question
23. Thank You For Listening