Episode 32: Are You a Good Listener?
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In this week’s episode, Jill and Tony both urged you to take time to listen to your partner. You might even learn something.
Tony also has more advice:
- Recognize that being a good listener strengthens your relationship.
- Not a good listener? Try not to interrupt until your partner is finished speaking.
- Remember that if you want and need be to heard, show your partner the same respect. Listening to your partner shows them how much you care for them and their thoughts.
Jill also has more tips:
- Strive to talk to each other, not at each other.
- Make time each day to have real conversations with each other.
- Feel you’re not being heard? Talk it out. Lead by example.
Are you and your partner both good listeners? What do you do when you realize you haven’t been heard? If you’re the one who isn’t a good listener, what are you going to do to improve?
Leave your responses in the comments section.
2 comments on “Episode 32: Are You a Good Listener?”
Why is it that some people talk soooo much? That is a big question for me. In a group I hate it when someone blah blah blahs about what everyone always knows and a person with new and more interesting information is drowned out.
Okay. Enough of that rant. Listening to your partner: I don’t think we can expect partners who spend so much time together to always be good listeners. Sometimes the other person is distracted. If partners listen to each other most of the time, that’s pretty good. Sometimes we have be careful about when we bring up things and make sure it’s a good time to get the other’s attention.
Denis thinks Tony’s point about how people comport themselves to a yacky partner is especially interesting. I believe Tony referred to people we have known as part of a couple who find themselves on their own. It’s interesting to see a different side of these people emerge.
All excellent points. Thanks for telling us your observations and giving us some insight. As always, thanks for listening, too.