Listening Skills Essay

1654 Words Apr 19th, 2011 7 Pages
As human beings, we use our senses to learn what is going on in the world around us. In ancient times, a person’s survival depended upon being able to hear and see many dangers in the environment. Our other senses of taste, touch, and smell also helped people survive. Many people think that sight is the most important sense. Early humans would have run into terrible danger without their sense of sight. Even today, it is hard for anyone to imagine how they could survive without their sense of sight. However, with the days of hunting and gathering a time of the past, today’s survival skills are very different. Today, communication is one of man’s most important skills, and communication depends on the sense of hearing. Even when we are …show more content…
Another good tactic is to try to put yourself in the speaker’s shoes so that you can have an understanding of their point of view. This would have helped me during the IEP meeting in understanding where my son’s teachers were coming from. A final skill that would help me become a better listener would be to understand or evaluate the part of my self-concept that makes me feel as though I need to defend my parenting skills. Understanding that pointing out my son’s bad behavior is not a personal attack on my parenting, but clearly just a function of my sons behavior, would help me NOT to be a defensive listener. Having the ability to identify my insecurities and try not to let them effect my process of listening will only help me become a better communicator and person.

In my final exercise for this assessment, I am supposed to view a television commercial or ad, and analyze the message being sent through critical listening. Every day, through television, radio, and even internet ads, we as a community are inundated with product rhetoric and messages trying to sway our opinions one way or the other. Unlike informative listening where the main goal is to acquire information, persuasive messages have an ultimate goal of selling a particular product to the consumer. It is our responsibility, as responsible consumers, to evaluate these messages and look for certain

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