Listening Skills are crucial in all walks of life.
Women are always complaining that men don’t listen, so improving the way a man listens is an essential element in improving relationships with the enemy in the battle of the sexes.
If your wife asks you to put out the trash, and instead you kill the cat, you will not be popular. If you pick up an attractive lady in a bar, roger her senseless all night, then get her name wrong in the morning because you either never heard it or had other things on your mind, you are not likely to enjoy her company again. If a policeman tells you to turn right because there is a bomb in the road, and instead you turn left, you may regret it for the rest of your very short life. We take listening skills for granted when we shouldn’t. They are essential, and improving them is easy to do and will make your life better in so many ways.
Not listening can be a dangerous occupation, for the reasons already mentioned, and it is always possible that your lady may wish to attract your attention in different, very inconvenient or even painful ways. Not listening to your lady whilst she is holding a pair of scissors or a frying pan is definitely not recommended. So, men, learn to listen. It is good for your health.
This section is aimed towards men. Ladies, if you are reading this, you probably don’t need to be here. Obviously, we men are genetically inferior to you ladies. You have had a hundred thousand years to practise and perfect your communication skills, and generally speaking you already have them down to a fine art. Whereas we poor men need all the help we can get.
So, gentlemen, firstly, if you have not already done so, please read the articles under the heading
Mars and Venus
so that you avoid making ghastly mistakes. Then please come back here and learn to listen.
These listening skills are simple, but not easy, and they require lots of work and practice. You will know whether you are getting them right by how your lady reacts. The reaction will amaze you. Then you are ready to begin to learn
The Art of Listening.
The bad news is: that will take you a lifetime, and you still won't be anywhere near as good at it as The Enemy. As my mate Dave said recently: 'I've been married 43 years. In that time I have learnt to be a mind reader and full-time clairvoyant. I reckon in another two hundred years I'll be getting there.'