The Importance Of Listening Skills

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Listening Skills
Listening is a skill that you ought to learn simply because eighty percent of what you know is learned by listening. It is a skill that requires the constant application of certain principles until they become habitual. Listening lets the sound you hear go through your brain to process meaning. It lets you understand, interpret and put meaning to what you hear. Listening is key to all effective communication, without the ability to listen effectively messages are easily misunderstood – communication breaks down and the sender of the message can easily become frustrated or irritated. You need to understand what the other person is saying to you as well as to say what you want.
Communication often includes non-verbal clues such
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Unfortunately, many students have poor listening skills, which can be very problematic because you spend considerable time in the classroom listening to your teachers. Many students usually believe they are good listeners; unfortunately they don 't fully appreciate the difference between hearing and listening.

Hearing is the act of perceiving sound and receiving sound waves or vibrations through your ear.
Listening is the act of hearing a sound and understanding what you hear.
Attentive listeners not only hear; they effectively process the information presented to them. Hearing is a skill where you use your ears only. Listening uses different senses, e.g. the sense of hearing, seeing, or touch.
The difference between Hearing and Listening
Hearing Listening
1. Hearing is an ability 1. Listening is a skill
2. It involves receiving the message through ears 2. It involves interpretation of the received message
3. It is a passive bodily process 3. It is an active mental process
4. It does not require concentration/focus 4. It requires concentration/focus
5. Only one sense is required 5. More than one sense is required (Hear, see, and touch)
6. It takes place subconsciously 6. It occurs consciously
7. It is primary and continuous 7. It is secondary and temporary
8. It is random 8. It is intentional
9. Involuntary 9.

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