21 Resources to Become a Better Listener

Listening is an important skill for communicating, connecting and learning. However, most of us don’t spend much time learning how to listen.
Here are 21 resources to help you become a better listener.

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak”
Epictetus

Resource Sites

Active Listening Wiki – A wiki focused on active listening with explanations and many external links.

Reflective Listening Skills- Most people talk too much and simply don’t listen.  Here’s a list of resources to help improve your Listening Skills.

Listening Effectively – Dr John A. Kline created a comprehensive 5 part listening guide for the Air Force.

Lists

5 Simple Ways To Be A Better Listener – Five ways to help reduce the distractions we face in communication.

How to Become a Better Listener – Five tips for getting your message across while becoming a better listener in the process.

Hear What People Are Really Saying – The five key elements of active listening with other tips and summaries.

52 Listening Skills -A slideshow summary of the 52 listening practices from A Little Book of Listening Skills for the Workplace by Mark Brady, Ph.D

Are Your Poor Listening Skills Hurting Your Career? – Assess yourself on the four categories (4 R’s) for how we listen: removed, reactive, responsible, and receptive listening.

Critical Listening -Describes process of critical listening including SIER (Sensing, Interpretation, Evaluation, Assignment) and critical listening fallacies.

10 Tips for How to Listen – Dave Gray provides the ten commandments of good listening

The 10 Step Program to Becoming A Better Listener – Learning through listening.  Ten tips to be a better listener.

What? – Six ways to improve listening skills from workplace consultant, Gretchen Neels.

How to Be a Better Listener – Several tips that will not only help you listen better, but look like you are listening from Marshall Goldsmith.

Books

Are You Really Listening?
The authors studied and provide explanations for the ways we don’t listen.   They also provide techniques for becoming a better listener.

Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone – Simple and effective listening techniques based on scientific research that can be used to communicate to anyone.

Wisdom of Listening – Provides methods for becoming a deep listener for both personal and professional life.

Listening: The Forgotten Skill – A self-teaching guide for turning effective listening into a powerful tool.

Why Don’t We Listen Better? Communicating & Connecting in Relationships
Listening techniques to give you effective ways to handle daily interactions and difficult relationships.  Provides talker-listener reference cards to help you and others hear each other.

Video

How to Listen Effectively – Professor Jeffrey Berman provides an overview of active listening and provides examples.  It’s geared towards managers but most can be applied to all.

Listening – The No. 1 People Skill – A 99 second video with text summary on how to be a better listener.

Evelyn Glennie Shows How to Listen – Deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie shows how listening to music involves more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.

  • http://GenerosityMarketing.com Bryan

    I really think this is an awesome collection of resources you've compiled here.
    Thanks .
    there is so much buzz in todays modern marketing and social media about the value of “listening” and so many, overwhelmingly high amount of listening “tools” that people still need to have the right mindset about HOW to really listen. Knowing what the right questions to ask. how to really hear the value within the noise:That's the real challenge.
    a tool does no-one any good if there isnt a well thought out strategy, goal and methodology behind its use.
    Good job.
    I also like your commitment to learning.
    thanks and take care
    Bryan

  • http://www.learnstreaming.com Dennis Callahan

    I agree. Listening is an active mental process where you give someone or something your attention. Social media tools (like your ears) can collect the sound but you are the only person that can listen. I glad you enjoyed the resources and thanks for the comments.

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