We spend more time in listening than we spend speaking , reading or writing in schools and colleges. Then we can improve our general skills by improving our listening skill. Any one can become a good listener by practicing a few techniques .
Some of them are below.
1 > IGNORE DISTURBANCES
Too often , external or internal disturbances take us away from the speaker’s message. We must therefore work hard at becoming active listeners. We should focus on the message. Listening is an excellent way to learn.
2 > MAKE USE OF LAG TIME
We should use lag time well . Lag time means the difference between speaking speed and listening speed. Most of us speak 82 to 160 words a minute . But we can listen at least four times faster. Often , we begin to miss the speaker’s point We should use lag time carefully.
3 > AVOID ANTICIPATION
Some times we do too much anticipating .
This practice is called ” Jumping to Conclusions ” . We think we know what the speaker is going to say. Then we stop listening .
We should allow the speaker time to make the point.
4 > BE OPEN -MINDED
We all have biases . While listening , we may be misled by there biases . We should suppress there biases . We should give the speaker a chance to make to make the point . We may learn a new thing that may remove a bias.
5 > HAVE EMPATHY
We should try to be a good listener . We should visualize matters from the speaker’s point of view .Some peoples have a difficult time expressing their feelings about a matter . We should be courteous to them.
6 > DON’T PLAY JUDGE
Some times we judge the speaker how he looks , talks or delivers. We should concentrate on the message not on the speaker’s dress , sex , or mannerisms.
:-P . I have this problem in listening.
7 > LISTEN TO ALL MESSAGE
Some times we have to hear message that are difficult to understand . If we are poor listeners , we would stop listening . In such a situation , we should rely on the skills required for critical listening.
8 > DON’T AFTER THE MESSAGE
At times , we distort the speaker’s message. We twist it to our needs and beliefs. We do not have to agree with the message , but we should listen.
9 > TAKE NOTES
We should take brief notes.
We should get main points and write them down. We should focus on facts and ideas .
If we try to take down everything , we shall miss most of the message
10 > PRACTICE LISTENING
Most of us do not pay attention to listening skills . We should attend lectures or presentations that require attentive listening . We shall find that ” Practice Makes Perfect ” with listening .
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Writing As A Skill
Writing is a good skill in life .Avoiding common mistakes and improving writing skills are shown below . A person having good writing talent he will definitely achieve target
Bacon said : ” Writing maketh an exact man ”
Writing is one of the important communication or blogging skills. Organization need talented writers . Few Professional spend their entire day writing . On the other hand , they spend most of their time speaking , reading , or listening .
But whenever important information is conveyed , it is put in writing . It provides a permanent record
Writing is a skill . In a skill , perfection comes only through training and practice. We would laugh at people who without training would compete in the marathon. We would laugh loader if they claim they could run 26 miles because they have been walking since childhood .
In the same way , some people believe that because they know English Language, they can write well . To write well takes dedication and training.
→ The Writing Process
The writing process is basically a thinking process . It includes not just what to say but also how to say.
We should remember that we are are dealing with people, not machines -minds , not mechanisms -hearts .
Following is given the writing process
Throughout history , people have always wanted to learn about important people , famous places , interesting events and popular sports .
First of all , you should plan what to write : it should be interesting , informative , impressive and effective. It should satisfy the needs of the reader.
Then you should put your ideas on the paper in the shape of drafts. If the message is simple , and outline would be sufficient. But in case of complex message , the complete draft will be prepared .
After that ( Completing first draft ) you should look for ways to improve it . Some information will be added the other deleted. The order of some sentences will have to be changed. Revising brings perfection to writing.
Everyone is responsible for his own Blogging or communication . It is important that the information you give is correct . Here the indentation , spelling , capitalization , punctuation , etc . are checked .
It is the concluding step in the writing process .
Presenting holds much importance . It gives a sense of importance and esteem to the reader . So , you should try to present your written matter in good way.
No doubt using writing as a skill is a wealth for person in life
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