Tips for Better Listening based on 7 Types of Listeners Part One (first three)
Tips for Better Listening based on 7 Types of Listeners Part Two (last four)
A list of seven types of listeners and some strategies to deal with each type.
The articles cover descriptions of each type of listener and what to do if you find yourself in one of the less flattering descriptors. My focus here is to summarize how the author suggests to brief these types of listeners.
- The “Preoccupieds”: You can ask if this is a good time to talk.
- The “Out-to-lunchers”: Check in periodically to see if they are following what you are saying.
- The “Interrupters”: Suggestion here is to let them continue with their interruption because they won’t be listening to you otherwise. You can then bring to their attention that you have been interrupted by saying: “As I was saying…”
- The “Whatevers”: Consider asking questions to increase involvement.
- The “Combatives”: Focus on the future and how to do things better.
- The “Analysts”: If you are speaking to an “Analyst,” you might begin by saying, “I just need to run something by you. I’m not looking for any advice.” “
- “The Engagers”: “This is listening at the highest level. Their listening skills encourage you to continue talking and give you the opportunity to discover your own solutions and let your ideas unfold.”