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Active Listening

Cutting Wood

Communication skills are at the heart of everything we do each day, whether at home, at work, or at play. Active listening encompasses the best of communication, including listening to what others are saying, processing the information, and responding to it in order to clarify and elicit more information. This content will help participants develop and practice their active listening skills.


Define active listening and its key components
Identify ways to become a better listener
Use body language to reflect a positive listening attitude
Understand the difference between sympathy and empathy, and when each is appropriate
Create a listening mindset using framing, positive intent, and focus
Be genuine in your communications
Understand the communication process
Ask questions, probe for information, and use paraphrasing techniques
Build relationships to create an authentic communication experience
Identify common listening problems and solutions