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Dalmation Dog Listening at the windowThe Book of Proverbs 1.33 in a section about wisdom says, "but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm." Effective listening begins with listening to God. The Oxford Dictionary explains listening as "giving your attention to sound or action. When listening, you are hearing what others are saying, and trying to understand what it means." There are certain basic principles that help us perform our evangelism well and make it more effective and that includes effective listening skills. Humans have the capacity to listen to three times the number of words they can speak in a given length of time. Hence the tendency to speak rather than listen! In personal evangelism, there is a time to voice an opinion and a time to keep silent and a time to use an effective listening skill.

Wanting to Hear

Stump OratorDuring a music lesson, the teacher asked the difference between listening and hearing. At first there was no response. Finally, a hand shot up and a youngster offered this sage solution, "Listening is wanting to hear." When a person wants to hear someone else's ideas, and really cares about their views, then an effective listening skill can be used. There are many helps and hindrances to listening and hearing.

"Effective Listening Skill"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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