Effective Listening Strategies Paper
Laura Bedford Harper
September 21, 2015
Effective listening is more than just hearing what an individual is saying. Effective listening is letting go of all distractions and focusing solely on the verbal and nonverbal. Through using understandable language, detaching self from solution oriented listening and applying active listening skills. A listener will be better equip to understand and aid the speaker when the time comes.
In Blyth's article from 2012, he spoke with the emphasis on word count. He expressed that for listeners to comprehend, two hundred and fifty words per minute is suggested, and however, one hundred and ...view middle of the document...
I also agree with the concept that reading skills and listening skills are separate. While reading, you can read the material until you get an understanding.
This article was more insightful than expected. Although Floyd mention the concept of listening and word comprehension, he gave no more information to expand further on the subject. This article will help in working with clients and using basic everyday language. As a worker, I do not have to go on in on talking and not accomplishing anything. If the client I am working with is having a problem understanding the spoken language, I can refer to reading material. In this case, using the reading material will allow the client to read it several times and get their understanding to enable us to move forward in the interviewing process.
My second article is published by Nursing Forum, Browning et.al (2010) discussing the empathic aspect of listening. The authors suggest that academic training is the least quality expressed in the human service professions. The emphasis on the writing denotes the importance of not hearing a client but also taking the time to understand and attend the story they are sharing. Preoccupation with one's agenda, responsibilities and obligations are empathize by Browning et. al and those are the little things that can hinder a client from being understood. The Just Listen project is the key point of this forum, explaining what it means just to listen. Listening comes with practicing, reflective, active and empathetic listening skills. A worker can fully understand their client by asking applicable questions to deepen their understanding. When the worker gets a better understanding, they can adequately assess and help the client meet their need.
What gain my attention while reading this article was the fact that we should listen without our egos or having the "I can fix this mentality." Removing the mindset of I can fix this and only just hearing the client tell their story will do a greater service.
Being in school and learning so many different strategies and skills, I question how I go about helping the client. I know to listen and allow them to tell their story but we are instructed to give no subjective points. I believe I will use the practice of instead of trying to fix or find a solution, I should just listen to the problem.
In the article written by Boyd, The Human Side of Teaching he demonstrated the epitome of listeners today. Listeners in today's fast paced society utilize multi-tasking to get things accomplished at once. Effective listening is more than just hearing what an individual is saying. Effective listening is letting go of all distractions and focusing solely on the verbal and nonverbal. Through using understandable language, detaching self from solution oriented listening and applying active listening skills. A listener will be better equip to understand and aid the speaker when the time comes.
In Blyth's article from 2012, he spoke with...