In a previous blog we focused on employers boosting their employees’ productivity and morale by listening to them. Now we want to discuss how being a good listener as an employee or job seeker can help you succeed within the workplace and in your next interview.
First, it’s important to understand how overwhelming plain-old listening can be. As humans, we can talk at a rate of 125 to 175 words per minute, but we listen at a rate of 125 to 250 words per minute. The fluctuation can create a gap wide enough for missed parts of a conversation no matter how important the information. In fact, we can typically only recall 50% of what someone said immediately after they have said it.