How To Be a More Powerful Listener

Want to be a more powerful listener? If you’re like me, sometimes the distractions are personal. We’re afraid to hear ourselves. Great listening starts by setting aside the physical and emotional distractions that get in the way of what we most need to hear. But when we can, the impact is palpable.

I encourage you to pick one person this week and really listen to what she has to say. Even if that person is you.

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

8 Comments

  1. Karin
    Thanks for your outstanding enthusiasm!!!!!!
    Active listening is a true craft – practiced by great coaches.
    Paul – certified coach by the Hudson Institute

    • Paul thanks so much. I imagine you find that when you work with your coaching clients. Effective listening is transformational.

  2. Great reminder of how important listening is to everyone! I find listening must be “intentional” for it to be effective. That means giving 100% of our attention to the person who is speaking and not letting our attention wander. Repeating what you think you heard the other person say is also very effective because paraphrasing helps us process the information.

    • LaRae, So agree! Thanks so much for expanding the conversation with your additional insights. I so appreciate you.

  3. Theory U and U lab seem to mistake what they call deep listening with selective listening. Would I be correct in assuming this is what you mean as well? Certainly, if ever there was a program or course that would consider what all people had to say I would enthusiastically sign up.

    • Hi Harry,
      I am a strong believer in the power of deep listening, where you put your biases aside and truly show up and seek to understand what the person is saying. I do believe this skill can be taught. I’m not familiar with Theory U… but would be intrigued to hear more about it and your response to it.

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