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Types of Listening
God gave us two ears and one mouth
so that we can hear twice as much as
we say.
Informative Listening
• Where your aim is to concentrate on the message
being given. This may be the content of a
lesson, ...
Appreciative Listening
• Where the listener gains pleasure/satisfaction
from listening to a certain type of music for
exam...
Critical Listening
• The ability to judge others through listening.
Where the listener may be trying to weigh up
whether t...
Discriminative Listening
• Where the listener is able to identify and
distinguish inferences or emotions through the
speak...
Empathic Listening
• Where the listener tends to listen rather than
talk.
• Their non-verbal behaviour indicates that the
...
Good vs Bad Listener
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Good listener;
Looks at the speaker
Reacts Responsively
Pays close attention
Does no...
Bad listener
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Always writing and taking notes
Does not respond properly
Is inattentive
Always interrupts the...
Types of listening
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Types of listening

  1. 1. Types of Listening God gave us two ears and one mouth so that we can hear twice as much as we say.
  2. 2. Informative Listening • Where your aim is to concentrate on the message being given. This may be the content of a lesson, directions, instructions. Listening to lectures, briefings, reports, speeches, instructions , etc. • The meanings the listener assigned tends to be as close as possible to that which sender intended.
  3. 3. Appreciative Listening • Where the listener gains pleasure/satisfaction from listening to a certain type of music for example. • Appreciative sources might also include particular charismatic speakers or entertainers. These are personal preferences and may have been shaped through our experiences and expectations.
  4. 4. Critical Listening • The ability to judge others through listening. Where the listener may be trying to weigh up whether the speaker is credible, whether the message being given is logical and whether they are manipulated by the speaker. This is the type of listening that we may adopt when faced with an offer or sales pitch that requires a decision from us.
  5. 5. Discriminative Listening • Where the listener is able to identify and distinguish inferences or emotions through the speaker’s change in voice tone, their use of pause, etc. Some people are extremely sensitive in this way, while others are less able to pick up these subtle cues. Where the listener may recognize and pinpoint a specific engine fault, a familiar laugh from a crowded theatre or their own child’s cry in a noisy playground. This ability may be affected by hearing.
  6. 6. Empathic Listening • Where the listener tends to listen rather than talk. • Their non-verbal behaviour indicates that the listener is attending to what is being said. The emphasis is on understanding the speaker’s feelings and being supportive and patient.
  7. 7. Good vs Bad Listener • • • • • • • • Good listener; Looks at the speaker Reacts Responsively Pays close attention Does not interrupt the speaker Does not rush at the speaker Asks appropriate questions Is emotionally controlled
  8. 8. Bad listener • • • • • • • Always writing and taking notes Does not respond properly Is inattentive Always interrupts the speaker Jumps to conclusions Changes the subject Cannot control the emotions

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