Am I A Good Listener?

Steven Ash, “The Career Doctor” developed this listening test. It is a great way to see where you rate as a listener. Good luck!

Give yourself 4 points if the answer to the following questions is Always; three points for Usually; two points for Rarely; and one point for Never.


__ Do I allow the speaker to finish without interrupting?

__ Do I listen “between the lines”; that is for the subtext?

__ When writing a message, do I listen for and set down the key facts and phrases?

__ Do I repeat what the person just said to clarify the meaning?

__ Do I avoid getting hostile and/or agitated when I disagree with the speaker?

__ Do I tune out distractions when listening?

__Do I make an effort to seem interested in what the other person is saying?



26 or higher – You are an excellent listener

22-25 – Better than average score

18 – 21 room for improvement

17 or lower – Get out there right away and start listening


How did you measure up?


“Listening requires giving up our favorite human pastime, involvement in

ourselves and our own self-interest.”

– Sonya




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