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Repeat key words to show that you’re listening

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Make sure speakers know that you’re concentrating on their remarks by identifying the most important words you hear. Then weave those words into your follow-up questions. Examples: A customer says, “I’m concerned about reliability.” You respond, “What aspect of reliability concerns you?” Or an employee says, “I’m uncomfortable with the new rules.” You respond, “What makes you uncomfortable?”

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