Listening is a challenge for me. If you know me I a great at talking and participating in the conversation at hand but terrible at times at listening. I’m not saying that I never listen to others, I do a pretty good job more often than not. What I am saying though is that at times I have a hard time sharing the stage with others.

I think there are many out there who can relate to this thought about themselves that they are not the best at listening all the time. It can be a challenge to practice active listening when you have the greatest tale to share. However, allowing yourself to be patient and listen can dramatically change the depth of your relationships. Listening is a key element to real relationship depth. The ability to give more than just words to any situation opens the doors to genuine relationships.

Over the past year, I have started having to listen more due to my new job. Being active in listening and responding at the correct times. There are times when I’d rather be anywhere else but listening to someone complain about their frustrations and misunderstandings. When I am able to fully listen to the person I’m talking with and walk with them on through their frustrations it creates a better experience for both of us.

I have had many repeat conversations with these frustrated people when they remember our last conversation and have the confidence that we together through speaking, listening, and working together can make the troubles of the day less of an annoyance and more of a process to a better understanding.

Along with listening in the workplace, listening to friends, family, and new acquaintances that might become friends will be extremely rewarding as you work towards stronger ties with those you want in your life.