Here is a list of poor listening habits, based on the research of Dr Ralph Nichols, together with some suggestions as to how these habits might be corrected.

  • On-Off Listening. This unfortunate habit in listening arises from the fact that most individuals think about four times as fast as the average person speaks. Thus, the listener has three quarters of a minute of spare thinking time for each listening minute. Sometimes the extra time is used to think about their own personal affairs, concerns and troubles instead of listening, synthesising and summarising what the speaker has to say.

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