By John Lough
Special to The PREVIEW
We’re all aware that communicating plays an important role in the relationships we have with others. Regardless of the type of relationship, from romantic to family to job-related, the better you are at communicating, the more successful that relationship is likely to be.
So, how do you become a better communicator? The first step is to become a better listener. Too often, especially in trying to talk about something emotional or argumentative, we tend to think more about what we’re going to say while ignoring what the other person is trying to express. We may assume we know what the other person will say and, without taking the time to really hear and understand their words, we begin our own response. Listening is an active and difficult skill.