Listening skills are a very important part of any effective
communication. Unless you carefully follow what you hear, you will
not be able to respond to it effectively. Listening skills can be
improved with practice.
Listening is important whether you are having a conversation with
another person or listening to a presentation.
Listening is much more than just hearing. What you have heard should
register in your mind.
Closely follow the content and try to understand what is being said.
Concentrate hard and don't let your mind wander when you are
One trick to keep focused is trying to anticipate what the speaker
says, in advance. When you are having a conversation don't interrupt
and talk only when the other person has stopped. It is not only bad
manners to interrupt, but also adversely affects your understanding
of the subject.
Don't think of what you are going to say next, when you are
listening. It is not possible to concentrate on more than one thing
at the same time.
You should try to understand at least the
main points of what is being said.
Try to mentally summarize what you are
Try to find out what is beneficial to you
from what you are listening.
Closely focus on the content
Closely focus on the important ideas
The author has a master's degree in science blogs