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Chapter 5. How to be a Good Listener > Are You a Good Listener?

Are You a Good Listener?

Before reading the elements of good listening, consider what you already know about yourself as a listener. Remember that we listen differently at different times to different people. Evaluate yourself at the beginning of this section, then put a date on your calendar two weeks from today and evaluate again to see if any of your numbers change. They will change positively if you commit to doing something about negative listening habits. It’s up to you.

Following are 10 characteristics of a good listener. On a scale of 1–5, with 5 being the highest, fill in the blanks to indicate the degree to which you already practice these positive listening behaviors. Go through the list twice, first rating yourself with the person you listen to the best, then rating yourself with the person to whom you find it most difficult to listen.


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