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Power Point about active listening. Goes along with a classroom presentation.

Power Point about active listening. Goes along with a classroom presentation.

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  • 1. Listening!Listening! (You heard me...)(You heard me...)
  • 2. Someone (probably an EnglishSomeone (probably an English teacher) once observed that thereteacher) once observed that there must be a reason formust be a reason for two earstwo ears and only one mouthand only one mouth. Yet. Yet still listening is one of the leaststill listening is one of the least understood and under practicedunderstood and under practiced learning skills. Why? Well 1st,learning skills. Why? Well 1st, listening is not something we dolistening is not something we do automatically. We all hear, but mostautomatically. We all hear, but most of us have to be reminded to listen.of us have to be reminded to listen. 2nd, listening requires us to2nd, listening requires us to concentrate on what another personconcentrate on what another person is saying, and concentrating is work.is saying, and concentrating is work. With that in mind, I give you someWith that in mind, I give you some guidelines forguidelines for activeactive listeninglistening::
  • 3. Challenge YourselfChallenge Yourself To get the most out ofTo get the most out of what you’re hearing,what you’re hearing, you’ve got to motivateyou’ve got to motivate yourself to listen well.yourself to listen well.
  • 4. Prepare to ListenPrepare to Listen Think ahead about what you may hearThink ahead about what you may hear and keep an open mind about theand keep an open mind about the speaker and the topic. Get rid ofspeaker and the topic. Get rid of distractions! Have everything you’lldistractions! Have everything you’ll need handy.need handy.
  • 5. Keep a Goal in MindKeep a Goal in Mind Take time to figureTake time to figure out why you’reout why you’re listening (to gatherlistening (to gather information forinformation for tests, to learn howtests, to learn how to herd llamas,to herd llamas, etc.)etc.)
  • 6. Listen CarefullyListen Carefully Listen not only to what the speaker isListen not only to what the speaker is actually saying but also to what theactually saying but also to what the speaker is implying (saying between thespeaker is implying (saying between the lines). The speaker’s voice, faciallines). The speaker’s voice, facial expressions, and gestures canexpressions, and gestures can tell you what’s reallytell you what’s really important.important.
  • 7. Listen for DirectionsListen for Directions And then follow them carefully. Listen to theAnd then follow them carefully. Listen to the speaker’s transitions or signal words forspeaker’s transitions or signal words for the next major point or idea.the next major point or idea.
  • 8. Separate fact from opinionSeparate fact from opinion Listen for bias or opinion disguised as fact.Listen for bias or opinion disguised as fact.
  • 9. Listen Actively!Listen Actively! Avoid daydreaming like the plague!Avoid daydreaming like the plague!

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