1. It helps you expand your perspective. When you start to look into things with more detail, you begin to understand the emotions and sometimes, the real meaning behind what people are trying to say. This allows you to look beyond what is being said and also helps you analyze it.
2. It pushes the boundaries of your imagination. Reading between the lines requires you to think from various perspectives. For every word and every sentence, there can be alternate meanings and figuring that out, can help you expand your imagination. It requires you to push past what you know and look beyond what is being said.
3. It allows you to have a smooth and effective conversation. Reading between the lines is a classic example of "lost in translation." Not everyone communicates freely or efficiently. If you can read between the lines you then have a better ability to move past those barriers and understand better what is actually being said. This, in turn, allows you to have a smoother and more understanding conversation.
4. It teaches you the importance of paying attention. Let's face it, most of us don't always pay close attention to what is being said. This can cause us to miss important words, emotions, or the point that is being stressed. When you read between the lines, picking up on these things becomes easier. You pay more attention to not just the conversation but also, the body language, tone and facial expressions of a person. The more you start paying attention, the more you begin to observe the subtleties.
5. It helps you realize the importance of listening more carefully. Behind most words or sentences, there is a meaning and a reason. The ability to read between the lines actually allows you to realise the importance of listening to people. There is a lot hidden inside a word and being able to decipher that is an essential skill to have. That being said, over time, you will realize that not everything needs to be read into.
This was great advice! I was eager to know more. I asked him how I could learn to be better at reading between the lines. His advice was simple.
1. Analyze what is being said. Ask for clarity if you don't understand. Rephrase what has been said back to the speaker to make certain that what you what you heard is what was meant.
2. If it's an important conversation, such as a business meeting or job interview, take notes so that you can review them later. Now, obviously, taking notes isn't required for every conversation.
3. Pay attention to what isn't said. After all, what is left out of a conversation can often be more important than what is actually said. And finally,
4. After the conversation has ended, reflect on what was said...and what wasn't. Ask yourself some questions to identify things that seemed important or that might have a hidden meaning. When it's appropriate, get further information/clarification from the speaker.
After Dharma left, I mulled over what he had said, like he just taught me to do. I was clear on today's lesson and I am eager to put my new skills into practice. I know I don't listen as well as I should. How about you? Are your listening skills as sharp as they could be?
If you're a small business owner, or interested in becoming one, you'll want to stop by tomorrow for my look at National Be Heard Day. Until then, I wish you