For good listening, it is essential to be aware of the common faults of listening. Much information that you send orally is lost because of the listener’s poor listening habits. In fact, studies agree that listening efficiently is no better than 25 to 30 percent. This article is all about discussing the 6 most common faults of listening. These common faults of listening have the following factors behind them:
Prejudice against the Speaker
Perhaps you have heard this quotation “who is saying it’ shouts so loudly that ‘what is said’ is easily forgotten.” We are distracted because who the speaker conflicts with our attitudes. For example, can you maintain attention when the speaker’s position, attitude, or belief is entirely contrary to your own? Thus it is important that the listener should not sit there with any preconceived ideas about the speaker or the speech. The act of holding the pre-conceived judgments or opinions is always harmful to the listening process.
Likewise, the entire physical environment affects listening. Among the negative factors are noisy fans, poor or glaring lights, distracting background music, overheated or cold or oddly shaped or gaudily decorated rooms, and so on. Also, sitting near disturbing individuals in the audience might distract a listener’s attention. Additionally, among external factors that distract the attention of the listener are: (1) The accessory gestures (2). Movement of the speaker (3) His unusual clothing (4) Appearance (5) Atmosphere (6) Conditions present in the conference room. All or any of these factors can distract the attention of the listener.
The difference between the speaking speed of the speaker and the thinking speed of the listener can also create obstacles in good listening. Some people may have the capacity to think over at much quicker speed than the speakers. Thus the gap that consistently occurs may distract the listener’s attention which results in bad listening.
This is the most common and most irritating of the common faults of listening. Early assessment is the interruption of the listener during a speech without giving an uncomplaining hearing. In other words, jumping to the final results without listening to the complete thoughts of the speaker is a fault of listening.
The speaker may use most favorite words again and again. The process of listening is blocked because the listener is upset due to repetition of words.
Monotonous delivery loses the interest of the listener, and sometimes put them to sleep. Therefore, there should be a variety of delivery on the part of the speaker. Therefore listener will remain attentive during the speech. In this way, the purpose of listening will be achieved.
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