Listen Before You Speak

Listen before you speak. This is a tip in speaking that I read in an old book. Makes as much sense today as it did when the book was first published over a century ago.

Too often, we speak too much and listen too little. It's like we have 2 mouths and 1 ear, not the other way round. We speak, speak, speak and don't listen, listen, listen. It's all about me, myself and I. Not about you, thou and the person to whom you are speaking.

My experience as a counselor and public speaking coach for several years has taught me that if I listen more and speak less I will be a lot more effective in the work that I do.

It's common sense for me to see that whenever I listen to my clients and students, I am much more effective. It's been noticed that whenever I speak less and listen more, I am able to perform much better at my work.

You can learn to speak more effectively with others by listening to our audio book series "500 Public Speaking Tips" on Osovo.com.

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Sheila Sheila
Yes sir, most of us do a lot of talking than listening. Listening is an art. We have to practice the habit of effective listening.
Especially for a counselor this is very important to be practiced and followed.

Thanks for your audio book on 500 public speaking tips, which you have shared for us. I keep listening to them, during my weekends and when I am relaxed.

Dolphi Dolphi
Ido most of the listening. I have noticed that whenever I open my mouth to speak something it gets drowned in cacophony. Writing is a better medium; at least there wll be some who notice it.

Harpreet Harpreet
True, listening is an art and we should listen more than we speak and that is the reason we have been given 2 ears and 1 mouth but as Sir you pointed out most of us speak more than we listen as if we have 2 mouths and 1 ear. Especially in our field of counseling we have to learn to be effective listeners so that we can let our clients speak more. This way we can understand them better and empathize with them in order to help them to help themselves.

Gomathi Gomathi
I like to speak, but now after being into this course, I like to listen too. Really by effective listening, the speaker feel themselves recognized & they are more oblige to the ideas we offer them later. And Osovo, you taught me to be a good listener, thank you.

Honestly, still I have not heard audio tapes on Public speaking, even my conscious was pricking this morning, will read for sure in a day or two.

Blue Blue
A good speaker is the only one who listen carefully . Being a good speaker we need to be a good listener. If we don't listen the others and give the response, than the other person won't be satisfied . Listening increases our capability of understaning others.
Thankyou Sir for your audio book, il will help us a lot.

Mamta Mamta
Thank you sir I really needed this reminder because I will be meeting someone for a follow up counseling tomorrow and I should be mindful of this.

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