Benefits of active listening

You learned from reading Monday’s post about how to listen four easy ways to focus on your speaker—having an intention to listen, listening, pausing, and reflecting. If you’ve practiced these techniques, please comment below on your experiences.

Today, you’ll learn more about the fruits of your practice—two huge benefits of active listening that you’ll receive.

The first benefit is that you don’t have to think ahead to what you’re going to say. When you actively listen to a speaker, your response will come out accurately and naturally. As a result, interviewers will like you more because you’ve put the speaker at ease and made him feel secure. That’s the second benefit. Your answers have shown you’ve become the person who is interested in helping an interviewer solve problems. Therefore you’ve become the job candidate or sales person a prospective employer can open up to. Eventually, it’ll be you to whom they turn in order to solve employment or job problems.

By listening, actively, you’re tuning-in to a potential employer or customer’s needs. Then you’re able to help solve them.

You’ll get more communication skills training and other powerful job finding tools presented as one-minute coaching vignettes in my new book about how to find a job. Click here to learn more about Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach and how this remarkable book can help you land a job sooner and make money faster.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place


About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.