Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Let's Talk About The Dynamics of Effective Listening

You have been hearing about the “three R’s” almost since you were old enough to walk. But have you ever heard about the "one L”? Probably not, although, it is something psychologists and professional educators are giving more attention to every day. The “one L" is listening.

Perhaps you think that anyone can listen well, and that the skill requires no practice. If you think so, you are wrong. Examples of poor listening and even non-listening are legion. The classic example is Orson Welles’s radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, where fully one million people missed three announcements about the fictional nature of the program, overlooked the general incredibility of the broadcast, and were completely convinced that flame-spitting Martians had just landed near Princeton, New Jersey, and were about to ravage the land. Not one of these one million people was actually listening. 

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