Today’s subject is one I think we all struggle with, listening can take on many different
forms, the Google definition of listening is: Listening is the ability to accurately receive
and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective
communication. Without the ability to listen effectively, messages are easily
While I agree with and like the above definition, I am thinking of a more personal way
to listen. My method of listening is associated with knowing and understanding who
we are and where we want to go.
When looking up listening further you will find there are four basic types, the four
types of listening are appreciative, empathic, comprehensive, and critical.
According to the Fundamentals of Public Speaking the four types are defined as:
- When you listen for appreciation you are listening for enjoyment.
- When you listen empathically you are doing so to show mutual concern.
- When listening to understand or listening to comprehend the message that is being sent.
- Critical listening is listening to evaluate the content of the message.
We all need to have the four types of listening listed above at different times in our
lives we should practice all of these types of listening and become keenly aware of
when to use each.
To me the greatest listening comes from us listening to God’s gentle messages, and
then listening to ourselves, listening to ourselves involves knowing, trusting, liking and
I am by no means saying block everyone else out, I am saying listening to that still
small voice prompting or leading you in the right direction. That voice that is based on
self-knowledge, knowledge of God’s leading us and knowledge of our journey.
If we are ever to learn to step out on faith, move mountains and discover why we are
truly here on earth, what we are truly born to do or become, we must listen with every
fiber of our being.
It is my belief that when we begin to trust that voice, begin to trust ourselves and
understand parts of our journey, it is then that we find our true calling and become all
that God has intended us to be.
Stay blessed and healthy!