This post was written by Dan Cooney, Director of Coaching and Senior Facilitator at The Latimer Group.
Can you be a good communicator without being a good listener? The answer is an emphatic NO. In this episode, The Latimer Group’s Dean Brenner, Amy Fenollosa and Dan Cooney talk about why improving your listening skills and tuning in to your audience and situation will vastly improve your results as a communicator.
Hearing is automatic. You don’t have to be paying attention at 3 AM to hear the baby cry, but to listen to your colleagues at your 3 PM meeting is definitely a choice. You have to respect the situation and decide to “show up” and listen. Many of us have a plan for what we are going to say at that 3 pm meeting but not many of us have a plan for listening. “We all need to listen better” is a business cliché, but as our distractions dramatically multiply, our listening skills have never been more important to the persuasive communicator. Enjoy the podcast!