According to Harvard Business Review, the most effective listeners are like trampolines. To be specific, the individuals you can “bounce ideas off of.” Actively listening isn’t merely absorbing ideas. It’s about amplifying their voices, clarifying their thoughts, and seeking ways to support them.

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Reflect on how to practice deep listening

Learning how to practice deep listening with your team is fundamental in developing and honing your communication skills. Start by simply taking a moment to reflect.

How is active listening different from listening?

Exercises to help you practice deep listening

Now, it's time to put your reflection into action. Finding opportunities to implement your communication skills can allow you to practice deep listening with your team.

  • Be comfortable sitting in silence when the speaker is talking. Instead of interjecting to show you’re listening, keep eye contact, lean in, and nod occasionally.
  • Avoid planning out your next response. Consider asking insightful questions about parts that may need clarification. For example, “What do you mean when you say…”
  • Restate what you’ve heard from the conversation instead of reacting. After the speaker is finished, respond with, “If I’m hearing you correctly...” or “Sounds like you’re saying…”

Additional resources to help you practice deep listening

Being a great listener can benefit your career. Here’s how to do it
You’re probably not as good at listening as you think—but there’s still hope.
Reclaim The Lost Art Of Deep Listening
As an executive coach, I practice the art of listening to best serve my clients. I help leaders cultivate deep listening skills to enable them to reach their full potential. This work draws from an understanding of the power of nonverbal communication to developing a firm foundation of mindfulness
What Great Listeners Actually Do
It’s about more than keeping quiet.

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