Another key part of active listening is providing feedback to the speaker to let them know you are actually tuned in, hearing and taking in what is being conveyed. The point here is to provide positive reinforcement and encouragement without interrupting the speaker. We can do this by employing "minimal encouragers". Remember, active listening is all about building rapport. To do that, show you are engaged in listening with brief, positive prompts (minimal encouragers) to
Often, when our spouse approaches us to “talk”, they really are asking us to listen. The learned capacity for practicing “active listening” is often the key to addressing some very particular need or issue. Active listening is all about building rapport, understanding and trust – all things that will vastly improve any relationship! So how do we become active in our listening? Our first tip: Restating. To show you are listening, repeat every so often what you think the pe
Do you have something to say to your spouse; some message you've genuinely got to get across? Try to remember to craft that communication so that it "may give grace to the hearer" Ephesians 4:29. In other words, just because you have a thought or feeling doesn't necessarily mean that it should be spoken aloud. Take a moment to consider whether what you have to say is going to help your spouse and improve the situation. Will it build up in a positive way and breathe life in
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