Good communication skills begin with a high level of self-awareness. Are you present while people speak, or are you simply waiting for your chance to respond? Instead of multitasking while listening, try active listening.
What is Active Listening?
Active listening is a form of mindfulness that encourages you to listen attentively while someone else speaks, absorbing and reflecting on what was said without adding judgment or advice. Active listening helps diminish bad habits, such as being stuck in your head, interrupting, or not showing respect for the speaker.
Becoming an active listener means that you have recognized some conversations are more about your speaking partner than about you. When you practice active listening, you make your partner feel heard and valued.