Why Its Important to Listen to Other People

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Listening is a skill which is fast becoming a lost art. Learn how listening has many benefits and can expand your knowledge and personal growth

When we are young we learn a great deal at a fast pace. One of the reasons for this is that we ask a lot of questions, often to the annoyance of our parents and teachers who can find our constant questions challenging. As we get older we are likely to drop questioning the world around us in favor of talking and giving our point of view. While it’s good to have opinions and to be able to take center stage when it comes to communication now and then, doing so too often can result in us failing to learn anything new.

This is why people who listen are often wiser than those who love to talk but fail to hear what other people say. Good listeners give themselves opportunities to understand other people’s viewpoints and widen their own. They learn from the mistakes of others as-well as their own, which means they learn faster too.

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When people talk all the time they block out opportunities to expand their knowledge. At the same time they hog the limelight. It isn’t until they allow someone else to shine that they get to hear information and ideas they wouldn’t have thought of by themselves.

There are many reasons why some people feel the need to talk a great deal but rarely listen. One of the most obvious reasons can be that they enjoy being the center of attention. A less obvious reason could be that they are over-excitable, or speak a lot due to nervous agitation. Constant babble can spring from the need to boast in the hope of being liked, or from a need to fill up silences as they feel uncomfortable.

If you consider yourself to be a talker rather than a listener you may benefit from slowing down your speech so that you say less, but what you say has more depth. If you do so you’ll find that taking a breath or break before speaking again comes more naturally to you, and lets other people get a word in edge ways.

Listening as much as, or more than speaking won’t alienate you from people or make them dislike you. In-fact, just the opposite is likely to occur. People feel appreciated, loved and respected when their friends and family take time to listen to them. There-fore you have nothing to lose by listening more and can increase the likelihood of being thought well of, as-well as increasing opportunities to learn.

Conclusion of the Benefits of Listening

As you can see, being a good listener can enhance your own life. You can learn a great deal by listening to others. Learning how to debate in school can also be of a benefit. Learning how to debate teaches a person how to listen and when the best time it is to talk and or break in with what you are thinking.  

Even if you don’t agree with what you are listening to, by listening to others, you have more time to watch their body language and formulate your own thoughts, ideas, and words. Another great benefit of listening to others is that it can make you more flexible in your own ideas, because being rigid or inflexible can really inhibit your thinking and thoughts.

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Posted on May 23, 2011