Active Listening for Academia

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Active Listening for Academia

Monday, 18 February, 2019 - 10:00 to 12:00
1.16 Teaching Studio Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 5 Roxburgh Place Edinburgh EH8 9SU
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Active listening is a skill that is hugely relevant to education, research and academia. It fosters collaboration and understanding as well as facilitating successful group dynamics. It also creates an environment of openness and sharing that can destigmatise difficult topics and make people more productive.

The event will involve a series of interactive exercises designed to introduce the basic principles of active listening: non-directive, non-judgemental and non-advisory, all of which facilitate empathy and understanding.

The activities include interpreting how we make assumptions about what someone has said and why/how this can be damaging, the use of tone effectively in communication and understanding the differences between good and bad listening.

It will also touch on how active listening can facilitate and help to offset unhealthy group dynamics, introducing a framework where peer support aims to reduce stress. It is best suited to a group of 30 participants max and lasts 2 hours.

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