One of the most important skills you can have, not only as a foster carer but in your everyday life is listening. The effectiveness of your listening has an impact on the way you perform your job and the quality of the relationships you have with other people in your life. The need to listen is vital for many reasons, including but not limited to:
- To obtain information
- To gain an understanding
- For enjoyment
- To learn
You would think that with the amount of listening we do in our everyday lives that we’d all be expert listeners. Surprisingly, that’s not the case. In fact, research shows that most of us only recall between 25 and 50% of what we hear. Those times when you’re listening to a meeting, listening to the children or listening to the radio, you’re only taking in about half of the conversation, or less! Quite shocking when you think about it. Just think about all that information that is being lost.
Not hearing the whole message can be quite dangerous at times, but it could also mean that you’re missing the whole story. There are things being said to you that you aren’t hearing, resulting in mix messages, lost trust, misunderstandings and so on. Hopefully, you will have captured all the most important parts of the conversation, but what if you haven’t? What have you missed?
Listening is obviously an important skill, one that we would all benefit from improving. By becoming a better listening you’ll improve your overall productivity but also your abilities to influence, persuade and negotiate. Furthermore, conflicts and misunderstandings can be avoided, and workplace successes increase.
Speak to us about the importance of listening and other skills required for fostering in the Midlands. We’re waiting to hear from you and share our information with you to assist your fostering journey.