THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE
Habit 5 -- Seek First to Understand,
Then to be Understood
Principles of Empathic Communication
Character and Communication
- Communication is the most important skill in life
- If you want to interact effectively with me, to influence me, you
first need to understand me.
- You have to build the skills of empathic listening on a base of
character that inspires openness and trust.
Very few of us ever practice the highest form of listening -- empathic
- Most people listen with the intent to reply.
- When another person speaks, we are usually 'listening' at one of
- selective listening
- attentive listening
- Only 10 percent of our communication is represented by the words
we say, another 30 percent by our sounds, and 60 percent by body
- Empathic listening is risky.
Diagnose Before You Prescribe
- Diagnose before you prescribe is a correct principle in many areas
- It is the mark of all true professionals
- The amateur salesman sells products, the professional salesman
sells solutions to needs and problems.
Four Autobiographical Responses
- Because we listen autobiographically (from the perspective of our
own paradigms), we tend to respond in one of four ways:
- We evaluate
- We probe
- We advise
- We interpret
- The language of logic is different from the language of sentiment
- As long as responses are logical, we are at liberty to ask
questions and give counsel. The moment responses become emotional,
empathic listening is necessary.
- Empathic listening involves four developmental stages
- mimic content
- ephrase the content
- reflect feeling
- rephrase the content and reflect the feeling
- Empathic listening enables us to turn transactional opportunities
into transformational opportunities.
- The key to empathic listening is to genuinely seek the welfare of
the individual to whom you are listening.
Understanding and Perception
- As you learn to listen deeply to other people, you will discover
tremendous differences in perception.
- Habit 5 is the first step in the process of Win/Win.
Then Seek to Be Understood
- Knowing how to be understood is the other half of Habit 5 and is
crucial in reaching Win/Win solutions.
- The essence of making effective presentations:
- Ethos -- your personal credibility.
- Pathos -- the empathic side.
- Logos -- the logic.
- When you can present your own ideas clearly, specifically,
visually and in the context of the paradigms of your audience, you
significantly increase the credibility of your ideas.
One on One
- Habit 5 is right in the middle of your circle of influence. You
can always seek first to understand.
- Spend time with your spouse and children, one on one.
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