There is a big difference between listening and hearing. Students hear me all the time. But do they really listen? Do any of us?
I try my best to be an active listener. Years ago I took a personal communications class. We learned about personal space and how to actively listen. At the time, I thought the practices we were doing were so funny. To take the time to say, “What I hear you say is…” seemed very out of place. Today I wished more people would do this.
How do you tell if people are listening versus just hearing the noise? We must listen in return. It’s said (by someone) that most of the time, we are thinking about our own responses instead of truly listening to the people talking to us. I’m going to try to listen for clarity, not so I can immediately respond.
I wish more people would as well.