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The Art of Active Listening with Heather Younger

The Art of Active Listening with Heather Younger on The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry

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Listening is important for our interactions and our ongoing relationships. Heather R. Younger joins Kevin to talk about active listening, which is more than nodding your head and repeating what someone says. Active listening uses your senses to recognize what is unsaid. Active listening is about engaging with the other person, showing interest, and understanding their emotional state. Active listening is about taking the time to research, reflect, and analyze the feedback or request received. Active listening is acting, even if the action is a compromise or a no. Lastly, active listening is consistently closing the loop to show that their voice is valued and their feedback matters.

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00:00 Introduction to the importance of active listening
02:14 Heather Younger's background and motivation for focusing on listening
06:23 Definition of active listening as understanding what others want
08:38 The five steps of the active listening cycle
11:44 Step 1: Recognizing the unsaid
15:15 Step 2: Seeking to understand
18:28 Step 3: Decoding and reflecting
22:43 Step 4: Taking action
24:46 Step 5: Closing the loop
30:00 Conclusion

Meet Heather

Heather Younger
  • Name: Heather R. Younger
  • Her Story: Heather R. Younger is the author of The Art of Active Listening: How People at Work Feel Heard, Valued, and Understood. She is an experienced international keynote speaker, best-selling author, CEO, and Founder of Employee Fanatix. Her experiences as an entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator, and mother of 4 all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies—large and small—tick.
Active listening really is, it's the difference between thinking what we know that people want and actually knowing what they want. It's taking the assumptions out of what we think people need from us and getting to the point where we absolutely know what people want from us. - Said by Heather Younger on The Remarkable Leadership Podcast with Kevin Eikenberry

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