Come Prepared

Learning Objectives

Describe strategies to come prepared to a listening situation.

It is a good habit to come prepared for most things, including listening. We can plan to listen. For example, if you know that you are attending a music concert with a musician you do not know, it helps to learn about this person by reading a biography and listening to their music. If you are attending a workshop by a known speaker at work, it helps to research this person. Who are they, what is their specialty, why are they here?

By coming prepared, you help your mind to not wander while you listen. You are less likely to wonder about the person who needs your attention. Preparation helps you put any distracting thoughts aside and be present when listening.