Demonstrating Comprehensive Listening with Your Team

Key takeaways

  • Comprehensive listening is about interpreting the words and ideas of the speaker.
  • Examples of comprehensive listening examples include watching the news, listening to a peer give a presentation, or taking notes during a meeting.
  • Because our brains work differently, sometimes comprehensive listening can be complicated. Two people can listen to the same message and interpret them in different ways.
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What is comprehensive listening?

Comprehensive listening is about interpreting the words and ideas of the speaker. In essence, this type of listening requires that the listener understands the language and vocabulary.

When it comes to comprehensive listening, having an understanding of basic language skills and vocabulary will not only help you follow along but communicate with the speaker. Comprehensive listening also dips into other categorizes and covers most other forms of listening that critical listeners utilize.

Comprehensive listening examples

This is one of the more difficult types of listening because it requires you to not only concentrate but to actively participate in the process. The more you practice listening to comprehend, the stronger listener you become.

Examples of comprehensive listening examples include:

  • Watching the news
  • Listening to a presentation
  • Getting directions from someone
  • Taking notes during a meeting

You're listening to comprehend the message that is being sent. This process is engaging, active, and requires you to be on your feet. When it comes to comprehensive listening, focus on the speaker's main ideas.

Improving comprehensive listening skills

Because our brains work differently, sometimes comprehensive listening can be complicated. Two people can listen to the same message and interpret them in different ways based on their personal experiences. Here are cues to help you better understand the speaker:

  • Maintain eye contact
  • Practice paraphrasing and restating when responding
  • Ensure the conversation is in Laymxn's Terms
  • Pay attention to interpersonal communication cues (verbal and non-verbal)
  • Focus on the main ideas of the conversation
  • Without interrupting, ask follow-up questions

Food for thought

Active listening builds strong relationships and, while it may not come naturally to many of us, it's an invaluable communication skill. Becoming an excellent listener will take determination and practice and it will be well worth it in both your professional and personal life.

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