Are you a good listener? Read each sentence. Select NEVER, SOMETIMES or ALWAYS to identify how the sentence describes your listening behavior.
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While someone is talking, I try to hear other conversations around me to keep up with what’s going on.CorrectIncorrect
I prefer that someone just present the facts and skip the opinions so I can draw my own conclusions.CorrectIncorrect
I prepare my response while the other person is talking.CorrectIncorrect
As someone is speaking to me, I avoid eye contact. I’m not particularly interested in non-verbal cues such as facial expressions and body language.CorrectIncorrect
If I hear something I think is wrong, I’ll interrupt immediately to explain why I disagree.CorrectIncorrect
When I find myself not listening to someone, I will pretend to pay attention to what he or she is saying.CorrectIncorrect
I start to judge the merit of what someone says from the very first sentence.CorrectIncorrect
I prefer to communicate through email or text so that I don’t have to deal with idle chit chat.CorrectIncorrect
I anticipate what people will say next as they are speaking.CorrectIncorrect
I show my reactions on my face to what people are saying to let them know right away whether or not I agree.CorrectIncorrect
I am ready immediately with a response when someone has stopped talking.CorrectIncorrect
A person’s appearance is important to me in deciding whether or not to listen attentively to what that individual says.CorrectIncorrect
If I’m not sure what someone means, I will ask for clarification before he or she has continued talking much longer.CorrectIncorrect
A speaker needs to present the information in a lively and entertaining way to keep my interest.CorrectIncorrect
I have biases and opinions which affect my ability or willingness to listen to what some people have to say.CorrectIncorrect