One of the interesting ironies of great speaking is that you need to be great listener first. The best speakers have a strong sense of their audience and their needs.
How do you get to understand that audience? You listen to them.Â Â Before you speak, you seek opportunities to discuss their needs with them so that you can tailor message to meet their needs.
I ran across a nice blog post recently on the Four Styles of Listening, posted at Say It Just RightÂ . That’s the blog of communications coach Joan Curtis. In the post she explains that there are four listening styles:
- The compassionate listener
- The too busy to listen listener
- The trees for the forest listener
- The it’s me listener.
Which are you?