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The Difference Between Hearing and Listening

The Difference Between Hearing and Listening

  • Listening is not the same as hearing.

    Think about a commercial for a product you have no interest in: It's easy to tune that information out, isn't it? You may "hear" it as noise in the background, but you're probably not listening. Hearing is one thing and listening and mentally absorbing the thoughts is another. That's why we say listening is an art—not a science. While it's easy to "hear" what the customer says, great customer service begins with great listening skills.

    Here are easy six steps to help you become a better listener. And if you think you're already a pretty good listener, pass this along to someone who could also benefit from improved listening skills.