The simplest approach to becoming a better listener.

Focus first on giving others your complete attention. Once you feel confident you've improved, begin becoming more consistent in adding a small gap of silence between what's said by someone else and your response. Finally, work more to minimize interruptions.

give complete attention

add a gap of silence

minimize interruptions


you might be an interrupter if you say.

"I don't mean to interrupt but..."

"Sorry to interrupt..."

"That reminds me..."

"Excuse me..."

"Oh hey real quick..."

"Real quick..."

"Oh yeah..."

"Oh hey..."

"You know what..."

"Well that's not what I heard..."

"Wait..."

"That doesn't sound right..."

"You know..."

"So you're telling me..."