Replay: How To Stop Defending And Start Listening

89: Replay: How To Stop Defending And Start Listening

How often do you find yourself in a situation where someone starts talking to you and you are immediately thinking ahead to your defense or rebuttal? 

I want you to think about it for a moment because you might be doing this more than you realize. If you reach the conclusion that you’re not always listening to hear, it’s okay! We’re going to work on it together in this replay episode. 

We’re talking about how to stop defending and start listening in a way that allows you to really hear what people are trying to tell you. 

Whether you want to improve your relationship with your spouse, children, friends, or co-workers, this is a vital skill to have. 

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • [1:55] – You have to be able to listen to hear. Here’s why
  • [3:00] – If you want to get into nonverbal attending mode, here are the four things you need to do 
  • [6:45] – This is how you can tell the person you’re listening to that you’re interested in what they have to say
  • [8:45] – This is the number one thing that trips people up when they are listening to hear
  • [9:40] – In order to grow and improve, this is what you have to do
  • [10:30] – The truth about why people get defensive and the defensive strategies they use
  • [14:27] – The goal of listening isn’t to respond, it’s this one thing

You want the people around you to trust you to take responsibility for your actions and feel comfortable talking to you about anything. 

Truly confident people are able to listen respectfully to other people’s perspectives without feeling the need to defend themselves. 

If you want to become that person, this episode is going to help you get there. 

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