Can listening make you more successful? Think back to the last time you attended a seminar. It could have been online or in person. Did you listen attentively or did you perhaps start checking your email? Maybe you were distracted by something else. Because of this you may have thought the presentation wasn’t informative enough when in fact it was jam packed with relevant content—content that, had you listened, you could have used to make your business more successful.
Listening takes action on your part. With the proper listening skills, you can build better business relationships and enhance your life in general.
You will find that those who are successful are the ones who know how and when to listen. People are having conversations all the time. The topics they discuss range from current news events to what’s trending in the business market. Being willing to listen to these conversations could lead you to a more successful life.
We all have limited time. When you listen to what others have to say about topics you aren’t familiar with, you, in essence, have someone doing the work for you. Listening allows you to be educated.
Keep in mind that listening is different than hearing. As you listen to someone, you are analyzing what they are saying. The perfect example of this is attending a networking event, listening to the speaker, and seeing how this relates to your business. Can you implement the strategies that were discussed?
Listening also means that the “words” your target audience is using are the ones you use to connect with them.
You might find it challenging to sit back and listen. However, when you do and take action on what was said, you might surprise those you work with.
How many times have people said, “no one is listening to me”? Imagine how you will make them feel when you not only listen but work towards giving them the solution they need.
When you listen to others you might find they have brilliant ideas. Ones you might not have thought about.
Be willing to give yourself a self-exam when it comes to your listening skills. After you’ve attended a seminar, try and recall the major points that were covered. If you walk away without any new tips or information, ask yourself if it’s because you weren’t taking the time to listen.
Have you ever tried to guide a client/customer but they refused to listen? This could have nothing to do with you and everything to do with their attitude.
Make it your determination to work on your listening skills and encourage those you work with to do the same. Peak their curiosity by saying something like, “I had a great idea that I’d like to share with you.” They are now ready to listen to what you have to say.
By listening attentively, you can make your business more successful and more appealing because your customers know you relate to them. This, in turn, not only builds business relationships but also loyal followers.