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8 Steps for Better Listening

8 Steps for Better Listening

Vivek Prakash

Fabruary 2, 2014

In my last post, I discussed the benefits of learning to listen. Here, I will share easy, actionable steps to help develop your listening skills. While going through the steps below, please remember, listening more and talking less are two sides of the same communication coin.

 

1. Start your discussion by praising the other person who has just finished talking, even if you disagree with him or her. Normally we do not disagree with all the points of the other person, but we tend to ignore the points of agreement. Starting with praise will help you listen to the other person completely, and you will be compelled to try to find points where you agree rather than disagree.

 

Listen up...

Listen Up...

Vivek Prakash

January 10, 2014

Project management is about making decisions and actions, and actions don't require words. Speaking is inversely proportional to the exchange of information. By focusing on listening, you can know the issues beforehand and can sense the problem before it hits the project. And when you know issues and problems, you solve them before they damage the project. Here are a few scenarios that illustrate the power of listening.

 

This blog was for PMI and posted on PMI blog site "Voice on Project Management". Please read it here...

http://blogs.pmi.org/blog/voices_on_project_management/2014/01/listen-up...

I resolve, every day in 2014, I will give...

I resolve, every day in 2014, I will give…

Vivek Prakash

Jan, 6, 2014

 

I resolve, every day in 2014, I will give my team members a life of self-respect, inclusiveness, rewarding, growth and personal touch.

 

Do not violate the delegation

Don’t violate the delegation

Vivek Prakash

24-Dec-2013

 

PM:     I am a business analyst and also playing a role of project manager for some time now. The plan was to completely move to project manager’s role and therefore we identified a good business analyst BA whom I wanted to takeover business analyst role completely. We initially planned for 2 months but it is now 4 months and I still do not see he is taking ownership.

 

To Learn or to Execute? That Is the Question

To Learn or to Execute? That Is the Question

                                     -- Vivek Prakash, May 10, 2013

 

When the project is in full swing and the team is chasing deadlines, you get an announcement of the training you were looking for. What do you do?

Plan your resolution for New Year 2013

Plan your resolution for New Year 2013

 

Ten symptoms indicating, your project is moving into trouble

Ten symptoms that will tell you, your project is moving into trouble

                                           - Vivek Prakash - July 5, 2012

  1. Your manager asks the status more frequently than ever
  2. Your manager asks others to verify what you are saying is true
  3. Your client speaks about the problem in status meeting than telling you separately
  4. Your client complains

What all I need to pass PMP Exam?

What all I need to pass PMP Exam?

- Vivek Prakash - May 1, 2012 - 

 

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After talking to many PMP Aspirants, I found this is the single most important question on the mind of every PMP aspirants. Below I try explaining few points where a PMP Aspirant often gets confused on what he/she really needs to become PMP and often takes decisions that are not best in his/her interest. Hope these points help taking well informed decision.

Get what you truly want and deserve

 

Get what you truly want and deserve

- Vivek Prakash – Jan 4, 2012 -

 

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Why is self learning MS Project not value for money

Why is self learning MS Project not value for money?

- Vivek Prakash -  Dec 9, 2011 -

 

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