Listen to understand

By Rebecca Plant

Rebecca & Edward Plant

Welcome to another Superpower Secrets Session.

This is the time we dedicate to giving you the ‘How tos’ for the challenges and problems, as well as the winning solutions, which are triggered by our conversations with other couples.

We serve these up as short bitesize hacks that turn the conversations in to real, tangible solutions for you.

In today’s episode, I talk to Ed about how to listen to understand. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, so often no, that wrong.

Listening can be one of the hardest things to do because it’s so dependant on how we feel about ourselves, how stressed we are, and the perceived tone of the person speaking to us.

Listening can actually be a minefield for chaos but, when done well, it can be the key to strong communication and requires a few skills to make sure that’s the case.

This episode was inspired by my chat with last week’s guests Randeep and Renu Wasal, whose ability to listen to one another has been integral in building a business using two very different skill sets.

In today’s episode Ed and I chat about:

  • The major problems in your default listening style.
  • Why most of what someone is saying to you often has nothing to do with you.
  • How encouraging more empathy within yourself will naturally enhance your communication skills.
  • What an angry communication is really about.
  • What happens if you don’t listen to understand, as a couple and for your business.
  • Listening for an opportunity to solve a problem, rather than an attack.

These techniques have made a big difference to our lives and we love watching the impacts for the couples we share these skills and more with inside the PowerHouse.

Is there anything you would like us to hack? Reach out to us via email, by leaving a comment over at the Couples in Business Facebook group or on the Edward and Rebecca Plant Facebook page.

Thank you so much for listening to this episode — we would love to read your comments below. Our goal is to share these valuable insights, information and ideas with as many couples in business as possible. If you enjoyed this episode and know someone else who might too, please share it amongst your network. You can also leave a 5-star review in iTunes, that way we can inspire more people together.

 

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About the Author

Rebecca is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Institute for Couples in Business. Bec is also trusty wife to husband and business partner Ed, and mum to Samuel, 4, and Charles, 2. For the past seven years Bec has been working with business owners, and her Super Powers include making complex problems simple, creating strong connections, and motivating teams by building kick-arse culture. Bec is also author of #1 best-seller Lead-The-Ship and hosts popular podcast Boardrooms & Bedrooms.