February 14, 2019 – Forbes –

If you ask a group of people to raise their hand if they think they are above average at listening, a majority of them would have their hand in the air. Most of us believe we are good listeners.

But listening is inherently hard to do. Why?

Throughout our years of schooling, we spent a considerable amount of time learning reading, writing and speaking. Let’s assume the average student spends about 12 years (grades 1-12) training their reading and writing skills and maybe even a year or two practicing speaking.

What about listening? Looking back on your education, how many years have you spent training this critical skill? Likely none.

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Listening Seekers, what are your thoughts?

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