Hearing is one of your five senses. It is the ability to perceive sound by detecting vibrations through an organ such as the ear. Listening requires you to pay attention to the speaker and provide feedback. Listening is a few steps further down the track than hearing where, after the brain receives the nerve impulses and deciphers it, it then sends feedback. Although they are synonymous, hearing and listening are completely different things. You can listen to someone without actually hearing anything. Did you ever day dreamed in class? You heard the noise in the classroom but you did not listen to what the teacher was saying.
Listening requires concentration, deriving meaning from the sound that is heard and responding or reacting to it in some way. Listening is a process of communication, where if the person is not listening it can cause a break in communication. Listening is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “to hear something with thoughtful attention: give consideration.”
Apparently, there are four types of communicators…. I am sure you can think of people in your circles who fit with these characteristics:
What type of communicator are you? Do you alter your type depending on the social or business setting you are in….? Are you happy with the type of communicator you are….?
[Food for thought for the weekend!]