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Nine Career-Damaging Bad Listening Habits and What You Can Do about Them
RISMEDIA, Saturday, March 07, 2015— Today, it seems “busyness” is the measure of success. We power through our emails, conference calls, and business lunches at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, all this frantic activity has taken a toll on our patience. The result is that we no longer stop to listen to one another—how can we when we’re all so busy and important? The trouble, says Ed Hess, is that the ability that’s getting lost in the shuffle is the very one MUST HAVE to be a viable player in today’s workforce—the ability to truly listen.
“It used to be that the smartest guy in the room was the one who was constantly talking,” says Hess, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and author of the new book Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization. “Not anymore. Now, the smartest guy or gal in the room is the one who asks the right questions and then truly listens to what others have to say.”
In other words, the ability to truly listen is the most important 21st century job skill. As Hess explains in Learn or Die, it’s the core skill needed for the critical thinking, innovative thinking, collaboration, and real-time diagnosis and problem solving that only humans can do. And that’s important because it allows you to stay employed as technology takes over more and more jobs that people used to perform.
“Whether you have a ‘blue-collar’ or a ‘white-collar’ job, the result is the same,” notes Hess. “If what you do can be transformed into a software algorithm, technology will be able to do it faster and better than you. What technology won’t be able to do in the near future is think critically and innovatively and emotionally relate to other humans. These abilities all require open-minded, non-judgmental, and non-defensive listening.”
Unfortunately, many of us are terrible listeners who’ve picked up bad habits in order to stay afloat in today’s fast-paced business environment. Read on to learn more about our worst listening habits and what can be done to fix them.
Thinking about your response before the speaker is finished. Most of us operate on autopilot much of the time. Our natural way of thinking is to confirm what we already believe, while our knee-jerk emotional reaction to new information is to engage in the three “Ds”: to deny, defend, and deflect in order to protect our egos. When it comes to listening, here too our natural tendency is to confirm and defend; we focus more on ourselves than the person with whom we are speaking.
“Before the conversation begins, put yourself in a listening frame of mind with calmed emotions and a quiet ego,” advises Hess. “Listening requires concentration: Be present, in the moment, with an open mind. Take two minutes to get into the right frame of mind by taking some deep breaths and saying to yourself, Listening is not about me and Slow down. Don’t rush to conclusions. Seek to understand.”
Finishing the speaker’s sentence out loud or in your head. Today, we live in a constant state of “on to the next thing.” Our schedules are jam-packed, and as a result, we slip into survival mode, trying to move things along as quickly as possible, regardless of how important the interaction is. We stop listening and instead finish our conversation partner’s sentences in our heads. Of course, the downside is we don’t always get it right.
“Again, we humans prefer to simply confirm what we already think,” says Hess. “And trying to complete someone’s sentences is one way of doing that. We start to think, Well, I’ve heard this a thousand times before. I know what he’s going to say. And then we zone out. But you will miss important details when you allow yourself to do this. Good listeners are people who actively listen with the goal of truly trying to understand what the other person is saying. Only after understanding and reflecting does a good listener thoughtfully respond. Be aware that you’re making assumptions and inferences. And fight it by using exploratory questions to gain a deeper understanding of what the person is saying.”
Interrupting the speaker. Hess tells how when he was in school he would wave his hand ferociously while his teacher was still talking. He’d wave so ferociously that eventually she’d stop talking just to call on him. He learned to interrupt his teachers in order to be the first to give the right answer. He explains that it was his way of showing others how smart he was.
“Of course, we interrupt one another for a lot of reasons,” says Hess. “But many of them can be boiled down to our need to show how smart we are. Either we’re interrupting to correct the speaker or we’re interrupting to get to a key point before the speaker can. I had to work hard to change my behavior. I learned that others would not think less of me if I listened, waited until they were through talking, and reflected on what they said before responding. To the contrary, by listening, inquiring, and reflecting before responding, people saw that I respected them by listening. That made my meetings more productive and my relationships stronger.”
Letting your mind wander to think about something you think is more important. Multitasking has become a way of life for many of today’s professionals. But more and more studies are showing just how ineffective and unproductive multitasking makes us. So, remember that the next time you’re trying to think through one problem while you’re in a conversation about another one.
“Go slow and reflect,” advises Hess. “Intentionally think about what the other person is saying. Do you really understand? What did he or she really mean? Ask her if what you believe you heard is what she meant. Listening is not a competitive process; it is a relational one. It requires exploring another’s thinking with an open mind.”
Interpreting the speaker’s message in a way that makes you feel comfortable or smart. Remember the three Ds—deny, defend, and deflect. Here again, they rear their ugly head. Good listening is not about you—it is about the speaker and trying to understand and relate to him or her.
“Let me reiterate,” says Hess. “Listening is not about YOU! It is not a competition. It is not about you showing how smart you are. It is not about you winning. And in fact, when you do make it about you, I think you’ll find you achieve the opposite. Instead of people thinking you’re smart, they think you’re rude, inconsiderate, and pompous. Listening is about you showing you care enough about the speaker to focus on trying to understand his or her view or situation.”
Offering advice before being asked. You might try to convince yourself that giving other people advice is a great way to show that you’ve heard them out and want to help them. But deep down you know that’s not true. Giving advice is really another way for you to validate your own opinions and make yourself feel smart.
“Maybe you think that a colleague or friend is sharing a story with you precisely because they want your advice,” says Hess. “Well, that might be the case, but chances are what they need more is for someone to hear them out, to truly listen to what they have to say. Never, ever offer advice before being asked.”
Sharing your own experience before fully exploring the speaker’s experience. Your experiences are your experiences. They do not match up to everyone’s reality. And in fact, in many cases, your view of the world will not even be accurate. It will be skewed by your preconceived notions and everything that you don’t know that you don’t know.
“This is another situation where well-timed questions will serve you much better than talking over someone or trying to interject your way into the conversation,” notes Hess. “An effective rule to follow for breaking this habit is to always inquire before advocating and to always inquire much more than you advocate.”
Defending yourself when receiving feedback. In his book, Hess writes about “Mr. Feedback,” one of his early mentors. Mr. Feedback taught Hess how essential negative feedback is if you want to become the best in your field and the importance of pausing and reflecting rather than automatically defending, deflecting, or denying when you receive negative feedback. Hess writes that as he moved forward in his career, he realized how difficult it can be to get this kind of constructive feedback.
“Rather than getting the kind of specific, constructive feedback that can help us improve our skills, most of us will receive guarded or politically correct feedback that is fairly useless in practice,” notes Hess. “Thoughtful and constructive feedback is a valuable thing, especially when you can foster your mindset to absorb and not deflect it, and it will only become more valuable as our workplaces become dominated by technology.”
Critiquing the speaker instead of their idea. Here’s another reaction we use to try to make ourselves look smarter rather than give the other person their moment in the sun. By critiquing a speaker instead of their idea, we’re really seeking to discredit them in order to invalidate their idea—hoping our own idea will, then, rise to the top. “Of course, this can also be a natural defensive reaction,” says Hess. “If someone disagrees with us, we attack them to try to even the playing field. But it’s important that you always critique the idea, not the person giving it. Listening in a business context should focus on the merit of the idea and the credibility of the data provided to support it. The person presenting the idea should never be on trial.”
“Learning to listen well takes practice—lots of practice,” says Hess. “Grade yourself daily. Hold yourself accountable. If you are stuck on a bad behavior, seek out a good friend and ask them to help you uncover why you are having difficulty changing. When you work hard to improve your listening skills, you’ll become a better collaborator—a necessary skill for critical and innovative thinking and being successful in the 21st century.”
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YouTube is filled with inspirational videos of all types, including those created by businesses or individuals looking to inspire others to succeed. Let’s look at 100 of the most inspiring business videos ever placed on this site.
Great Inspirational Tips for Business Success
Take a look at these cool business inspiration clips.
1. 9 Steps to Achieve Any Goal – Isn’t it great to know that you can make your business and personal dreams come true in nine steps?
2. ABCs of Success – A powerful strategy for personal and professional success.
3. Are You Going to Finish Strong? – Amazingly inspirational speech from an amazing man.
4. Biggest Business Mistake – Gain inspiration from this online marketer who wants you to learn from her biggest business mistake.
5. Business Ideas and Inspiration – Feel inspired by these business ideas and tips for ways to succeed.
6. How to Bring Inspiration into Your Business – Trusting your intuition to get the inspiration you need to make business decisions.
7. Life=Risk – This video highlights the risks some of the world’s greatest talents took to find amazing success.
8. Secret Formula for Business Success – A great video that explains a simple formula for business success that could motivate anyone to get up and moving.
9. The Power of Goal Setting – This video offers four great techniques on how to set goals for success in business.
10. Top 3 Lessons from Akio Morita – Check out tips from Evan Carmichael on how to find business success just like Sony founder Akio Morita.
11. Trusting the Path of Life – Explore why finding inspiration in business always requires trusting your life’s path.
12. Visualizing Riches – This quick clip from the DVD The Secret reminds us that we can achieve financial independence if we believe we can.
13. Wealth in Business – Great tips on how to become a wise business person while making a living following your passion.
14. When You Stop Dreaming You Stop Living – Great short motivational video on why it’s important to dream for what you want professionally and personally.
15. Why You Must Act on Business Inspirations – Video encourages you to act on those hunches you get in business that often turn into goldmines.
Home Business Inspiration
Starting a home business can be a scary prospect. Luckily these videos were created to provide you with the inspiration you need to get your start.
16. 3HourWorkDay.com – Awesome inspiration to create your own work-from-home business.
17. Business Money Inspiration – Money values from a young and successful home-based entrepreneur.
18. Exercise and Have More Success in Business – Online marketing entrepreneur inspires viewers to exercising, explaining why it can provide a successful business state of mind.
19. Finding New Business Ideas – Inspirational tips for prospective online home business entrepreneurs.
20. Finding Work from Home Inspiration – A man gives his inspiration for starting his home business. It may inspire you too!
21. Home Business Inspiration – This soothing video provides all of the inspirational quotes you need to start your home business.
22. How to Make Money Online – Feel inspired to make money online without being scammed after watching this informative video.
23. The Life of an Internet Marketer – Enjoy this uniquely-filmed video offering inspiration on starting a business as an Internet marketer.
24. Work at Home Business – If you’ve been thinking about starting your own work from home business, this video may just inspire you.
25. Secrets for Success – Finding inspiration in home business may require listening to these secrets.
26. Story of Inspiration for Online Businesses – If you’re looking for inspiration in starting your own home business check out this great video.
27. Young Entrepreneur – Get inspired by the success of 17-year-old young entrepreneur Christian Fioravanti who has had home business success for three years.
Humorous Business Inspiration
Sometimes a good laugh can be all the business inspiration you need, especially when that laugh is related to business!
28. Business Joke – If you’re in the middle of a business brain fart and need a break, this joke will perk you right up.
29. Conan O’Brien – This hilarious American Express commercial shows just how important the little details are in business.
30. Damn Funny Video Conference – Remember, when you’re primping for a business video conference, make sure no one can see you.
31. Drunk Business Meeting – Nothing like the drunk in the room to offer all the business insight you need. Pretty scary indeed.
32. FedEx Conference Call – Okay, this one is just funny–nothing more.
33. Finding Your Passion – Funny poem with quality inspirational advice for success.
34. Follow Your Dreams – Learn how to follow your dreams in business and beyond with this hilarious inspirational video.
35. Leadership Secrets from Santa Claus – This cute little video gives some great tips on how to become a business leader from Santa Claus.
36. Motivation? Do You Have Any? – Hilarious clip on ideas to consider if you’re lacking motivation.
37. No Excuses, No Regrets – A great video that focuses on leadership and success.
38. The Most Inspirational Thing Ever Said – If you’re about to make a business decision you might regret, just click on this video clip for what not to do.
Inspirational Business Quotes and Poems
Quick quotes, phrases, affirmations and poems that inspire success.
39. A Message for Big Dreamers – If you want to shoot for the stars in business and beyond, this video is a great watch!
40. Be Remarkable – This great video offers amazing inspirational quotes for business and beyond.
41. Create Your Best Year Ever – Steps to take to create your best year ever.
42. Don’t Quit – Great poem explaining why you should never give up on your dreams.
43. Dreams and Goals – Quotes to help you remember to always follow your dreams and push to achieve your goals.
44. Dreams are Whispers from the Soul – Great quotes and music giving tips on how to follow your dreams.
45. Inspiration for Success – Great affirmations to create the life and business you want.
46. Inspirational Quotes for Business People – Inspiring quotes for anyone looking to succeed in business.
47. Inspirational Words of Wisdom – Beautiful words of wisdom from legendary author Napoleon Hill to help you in business.
48. Life Success, Inspiration, Manifestation and Visualization – More great affirmations of success.
49. Keys to Great Success Affirmations – Reciting these affirmations could provide the inspiration you need to succeed.
50. Life is Life a Cup of Coffee – This is an amazing story for business owners who feel disconnected from their passion.
51. Success-Motivation-Inspiration – If you’re looking for success, motivation and inspiration in business, this is the video for you.
52. Very Inspirational! – Great business inspiration quotes.
Motivational Speakers and Keynote Addresses
Great speakers with the gift of motivating success in business and life.
53. Andrew Barden – Gain inspiration and learn specific small business marketing strategies from this business trainer.
54. Andrew Smith – Great business inspiration from this entrepreneur.
55. Andy Cohen – Funny motivational speech that discusses how magic in business creates success.
56. Art Williams – His “Just Do It” speech is inspiring enough to make anyone want to push for their business ambitions.
57. Dean Lindsay – Humorous keynote address at SPEAK! Conference from author Dean Lindsay on finding success in business.
58. Garrison Wynn – Funny, insightful keynote from business relationship expert Garrison Wynn.
59. Jack Canfield – Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul offers four amazing tips to inspire you toward wealth and success in business and life.
60. John Bell – Find great business inspiration from this impressive motivational speaker.
61. Mike Schlappi – Motivational speaker and top disabled athlete, Schlappi offers encouragement in business and life.
62. Oprah Winfrey – Talk about inspiration! Oprah Winfrey, the queen of business, offered a heartfelt keynote address to Stanford graduates.
63. President Barack Obama – Parts of President Barack Obama’s inspirational keynote address to students at Arizona State University.
64. Randy Pausch – Amazing inspirational final lecture from Carnegie Mellon University Professor Randy Pausch before he died in 2008.
65. Richard Branson – You can’t claim to have received real business inspiration until you get some from business guru Richard Branson.
66. Steve Jobs – This great speech by Steve Jobs encourages young graduates to stay hungry and foolish while they hone in on professional aspirations and follow their passions.
67. Tony Robbins – This speech title “What is an Extraordinary Life?” looks at how you define your personal and professional life.
68. Wally “Famous” Amos – Great speech by the founder of Famous Amos Cookies and father of the gourmet cookie industry.
Pop Culture Inspiration
Clips from pop culture that have done a great job of motivating entrepreneurs.
69. 40 Inspirational Speeches – 40 great inspirational speeches in movies that can motivate any prospective entrepreneur–and it’s all crammed into 2 minutes!
70. Amazing is Belief – Sports fanatics and business hopefuls could appreciate this high-energy inspirational ad for the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
71. Any Given Sunday Speech – While this speech isn’t specifically business-related, it inspires you to fight through your challenges inch-by-inch.
72. Evolve – This popular Gatorade commercial teaches us that we must constantly evolve in order to achieve greatness.
73. Failure – This Michael Jordan Nike ad reminds us that even though the best fail, it is these failures that push them to succeed.
74. Failure: The Secret to Success – This Honda commercial showcases a number of clips from individuals who used their failure to find success.
75. Money Making – Will Smith offers inspiration and tips on how to find success and make money in business and beyond.
76. Protect Your Dreams – Great inspirational talk given by Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) to his son in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.
77. Rocky Balboa Speech – Rocky gives his son a powerful speech about how to win and find success.
78. What Do You Get Up For? – Cool Nike ad that reminds you that following your passions should get you up in the morning.
Nothing like a success story to show you what others have accomplished–and just what you’re capable of.
79. 14-Year-Old Millionaire – At the age of 14, Farrah Gray, born and raised in a housing project in Chicago, became a self-made millionaire. Truly inspiring!
80. Bill and Dave – Recap of the remarkable success story of Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.
81. Inspirational Business Stories – Brief video of business owners who have found success.
82. International Success Stories – The brief story of successful international health food product company, Innocent.
83. Most Inspirational and Motivational Video Ever – If this guy can find multi-million dollar success after bankruptcy, you can find success too!
84. My Bathroom Buddy – Great story from the founder of the successful eBay business, My Bathroom Buddy.
85. New Zealand Fresh Cuts – Sometimes inspiration requires hearing the story of someone who found great success before you.
86. Real Life Success Stories – A compilation of success stories from business owners who now earn six and seven figures.
87. Small Business Success Stories – These stories prove that starting your own succesful small business is possible.
88. Sweet Treats Entrepreneurial Success – Learn how a fun hobby turned into a successful business.
89. Teen Millionaires – If these teen millionaires can’t inspire you in business, no one can!
90. Third World Small Business Startups – You don’t have to be from a developed country to find success in business.
91. Young Millionaires Share Their Secrets – Another great inspiration video from young entrepreneurs who have successfully made millions.
Women in Business Inspiration
Women looking for business inspiration can visit these videos for the motivation the need.
92. Feminine Energy and Success in Business – Woman business owner talks about how collaboration and feminine energy create business success.
93. Inspiring Video for Women Entrepreneurs – Inspiring video clips and phrases from the Women Entrepreneurs Rock the World Event.
94. Million Dollar Mom – This mom started her own million-dollar business–an inspiration for any woman.
96. Welfare to Millionaire – She went from welfare to becoming a millionaire–maybe she will inspire you to do the same!
97. Why We Ladies Rock – This network marketing video shows just why ladies are dynamic and able to succeed in business. Very inspiring!
98. Woman, Thy Name is Entrepreneur – Amazingly inspiring video on the evolving perceptions of women in business.
100. Yoga Stress Relief – Learn to relieve stress with these women to energize and inspire your business efforts.
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