- Make it a habit to
speaker even if listening is not difficult. It is good to get
in the habit of paying attention.
Don't interrupt the speaker
before he or she finishes a sentence. You may not understand the
beginning, but may catch the end.
- When you are aware you missed something
important, ask that it be repeated rather than simply
Summarize what you
hear so that your communication partner knows what to fill
- Learn about the topic
being discussed. When you know what a person is talking about, it is
easier to follow the conversation.
- Learn to look for ideas
rather than isolated words.
- Keep alert for key words
in sentences in order to follow ideas.
- Use the clues from the situation
to help get meanings. The idea is often spelled out by the actual
situation. You may be able to anticipate words or phrases
that will probably be used.
Don't be afraid to guess,
using situational and contextual clues. It's better to try and fail
rather than "tune out" all together.
- Keep informed of your friend's
interests. If you and your friends have favorite topics,
this limited content makes understanding easier.
Stay aware of current events.
When you know something about a topic you can more readily recognize
key words, names, and so forth. It will be helpful to read the daily
newspaper and to be aware of the programs many people may watch, even
if you don't watch TV.
Ask family members to keep you
informed about things that are happening in your community
and neighborhood and about events in the lives of people you know.
Keep your sense of humor.