Practice Active Listening!

Listening at meetings is just as important as speaking up. How to stay tuned in:

  • Be Ready. Make notes before the meeting so you have your point ready and salient.
  • Sit up. Sit up straight and make eye contact with the speaker so the person knows you’re paying attention.
  • Let Others Speak First. If two of you speak up simultaneously, offer to yield the floor to your colleague and then make your point.
  • Avoid Nodding. When waiting for your turn to speak, be careful not to nod your head, which tends to hurry the speaker. Rather, try to focus on what is being said.

Source: Working Mother, www.workingmother.com

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January 2002

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