Active Listening and Asking Follow-up Questions (Study Group Plan)




  • blind spot
  • bias
  • get a read on someone
  • extract
  • adversarial
  • synthesize

Discussion Questions

  1. Who do you know that is an especially good or bad listener?  Describe why you think so. 
  2. How would you describe the listening relationship between you and ….
                                                                    (your parents, siblings, significant other, friends)?
  3. How would you rate yourself as a  listener?  
  4. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a listener?
  5. Do you talk more or listen more?  
  6. When you’re telling a story or sharing an opinion, how do you feel about someone interjecting their own experiences and thoughts?
  7. What are the biggest challenges to being a good listener? When are you not in a listening mood?
  8. How does listening in your native language differ from listening in a foreign language?
  9. Do you think men and women listen differently?  How so?
  10. How have listening skills benefited you in your personal and professional life? How can they in the future?

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