Communication with others is essential. We use communication everyday to get our needs met, inform others, give/receive information. But in our relationships are we communicating effectively? Are we speaking only to be heard and not truly hearing the other person’s view? Becoming an effective listener is one way to improve in our communication skills. When people are heard they feel validated. People are also more likely to truly listen to what you have to say if they feel they have been truly heard. Here are some basic ways to become a more effective listener.
Making a conscious effort to practice one of these skills each week can help us improve in the way we listen to and hear others.
I am a counselor at Lighthouse Counseling at the beautiful downtown Waconia location. I enjoy working with children ages 6 and up, teens, college students, adults, couples, families and seniors. I focus on using a variety of strategies, based upon what may work best with each individual personality and situation. If you are interested in establishing a supportive, trusting and open relationship, then we may be a good fit and I would love to hear from you.