Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
1 minute read
24 Nov 2020
3:00 pm

How to listen to your friends

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

Rather than jumping in with advice, guide your friend in a brainstorming session to find solutions.

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Good listening skills matter in all relationships, but how you talk to and listen to your friends can make the difference between a casual connection and a lasting friendship. Elizabeth Scott, a family therapist and author of the book “8 Keys to Stress Management,” notes that there are five basic steps to improving your listening skills with a friend in need. Listen to the answers Often when people say “How are you?” they don’t really listen to the answer. Maintain eye contact with your friend, stay present and show them “you’re interested in what they have to say,” she writes....