There are many ways that we communicate in order to feel more connected to each other - it's not just what you say, but how you say it, and your body language too. Listening is also an important communication skill. Good communication is all about understanding others and feeling understood.

These questions should help you think about how well you’re communicating.

Conversation 1: Live

  1. How can you tell when someone is listening to you?
  2. What can make it difficult to listen when someone is speaking?
  3. Who can you listen to more, and how can you show them you’re listening?

We'll add to these questions with more when we start our next conversation all about belonging in your community, from October 2021.

Top tip

Listening can be difficult when you have lots of thoughts running through your head. You can practice listening by asking questions that start with 'what' or 'how' - for example 'How do you feel about...? What would you like...?.

These questions can help you to stay focused on your conversation and be less distracted by your thoughts. 

Top tip

Non-verbal communication counts too! You can ‘say’ a lot through your body language and facial expressions. Think about how relaxed your body is feeling, and what it’s saying even when you’re not speaking.

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