Why Listen?

People listen in order to:

  • Increase knowledge or to learn
  • To gain understanding
  • For general reasons
    • To respond appropriately to what we hear
    • To gain information about work or school
      • Tt gives us details about what to do, how to do it, when and where to do it. Example: When is the first break? How do you know?
  • To gather data to make decisions
  • To be more effective in our interpersonal relationships: When children return home from school and it has been a “bad” day or when your spouse had a “hard day” at work.