The title caught my attention because we all have problems truly listening to one another for the purpose of comprehension and connection – not just to hear and respond to someone.
What is it all about?
This book teaches the reader to listen effectively in a way to improve communication between themselves and others. It explains the underlying reasons we listen to others (or not) and how we can overcome and build the skill. The book helps to develop a natural curiosity about others and learn to not talk about yourself so much, so that you can learn from what others are trying to tell you.
What caused me to pause?
The author explained that a person’s body language indicates how interested they are in the conversation, and what you can learn about them from it. It really made me stop and think about my most recent conversations and whether the person was actually paying attention or just filling the space.
How will this book change my habits or influence me?
I hope to become more cognizant of my conversations with others in how I listen, take in information, and respond.
Add this to your reading list if…
You find yourself zoning out when people are talking, you notice you are constantly responding in conversation with comment or story about yourself, you want to improve your interactions and relationships, or if you want to learn better communication skills.