How do you practice listening?

NLP is about combining conscious and unconscious processes to learn how models of excellence get results. When I want to listen more effectively, I listen to models who know how to connect, how to hear what someone else is saying, and how to be prepared to add to the conversation.

I listen to improvised jazz.

Did you know that improvised music uses the same parts of the brain as language? Jazz musicians are expert in picking up patterns and sending them back to each other with subtle shifts in character and meaning. They know how to integrate individual voices into something bigger. They know that musicianship starts with listening.

Listening to jazz reminds me that wherever I am, I need to listen until I catch the tone, the rhythm and the patterns in what is being said, and then send back something that shows I have been listening before I add my own twist to the conversation.

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