RETIREMENT COACHING – DEBBIE DRINKARD GROVUM – What is the most important skill you could improve to help you communicate better as you age? Maybe you would like to express your feelings more effectively to your family and friends. If you are like most people, you didn’t identify being a better listener.
Years ago I taught a leadership program called “Adventures in Attitudes”. At the beginning of the program, participants completed an assessment of their greatest communication needs. By far, most people chose “Giving a speech.”. One option, however, was almost never chosen. “Being a better listener” was always at the bottom of communication skills participants wanted to improve. Communications experts put listening at the top of the list of important communication skills. The best way to improve communication is to improve listening. Here’s more on this critical skill and five ways to improve your listening skills.