Pay closer attention. Instead than dominating a conversation by constantly talking, strive to listen more to others' points of view. Listen actively rather than passively to what the other person is saying. Concentrate on grasping the point they're expressing, and take a few moments to process the information. This will demonstrate that you care about their thoughts and opinions.
Limit your use of clichés and overused expressions. These phrases are often based on assumptions that are not true in everyone's lives. When you use them repeatedly, you come across as insincere and unoriginal. Try to avoid them if at all possible.
Don't be afraid to show some emotion. Good listeners are able to recognize when someone is struggling with something emotionally and will offer support. Don't be afraid to admit that you are feeling something - anger, frustration, happiness - because it shows that you are human and can relate to others.
Don't assume anything about someone's background or situation in life. Everyone has a story behind them; some people just choose not to share it with anyone. Being aware of this fact will help you avoid making judgments about individuals that may not be fair.
Remember that you don't know everything about everyone else's life. We all have things that we prefer to keep private, so please respect those boundaries.
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Consider input rather than criticism. Try to learn as much as you can about individuals and be genuinely interested in what makes them tick. Allow them to have different views and sentiments than you. Because we are all unique, pushing our agenda on others is neither helpful nor feasible.
Stop seeing others' flaws instead of their strengths. We all have weaknesses that we try hard to hide or ignore. But if you look closely, you will see that they are not hiding them from you. They just want to be accepted for who they are. So stop criticizing others for what they cannot change and focus on improving yourself instead.
Don't compare your worst enemy to your best friend. Instead, compare them both to a common enemy. It's easy to criticize others when you see them making mistakes but impossible to judge someone else's thoughts processes. Remember that you cannot know what is going on inside another person's mind, so don't assume bad intentions.
Never hold back your opinion just to make others feel better about themselves. If you believe that something wrong has been done, speak up even if no one else does. Otherwise, you might end up acting like those people by keeping silent because you think it's better to seem less offensive.
Avoid giving advice unless asked. We all love to share our opinions with others, but not everyone wants to hear them.