Listening With Your Body

Listening With Your Body

Jeff is working on the computer when Mike and Kate want to talk. Jeff doesn't turn around from the computer, so his friends aren't sure if he wants to talk. Jeff should show he's listening with his eyes, ears, and body. Next time, he turns around to make sure his friends know he's listening.
Voice-over: When we talk to people, we show we are listening with our bodies. Not just our ears. Next time you talk to somebody, see what they look like. They are probably facing you and looking at you. That is called whole body listening. This shows other people that you are listening and interested in what they have to say. Let’s watch what happens when Jeff doesn’t listen with his body.

Kate: Hey Jeff!

Jeff: Hey guys!

Mike: Are you busy now?

Jeff: Nope, what's up?

Kate: Umm, we could come back later.

Voice-over: Jeff never turned around to talk to his friends. How did that make them feel?

Mike: Jeff said he wasn’t busy, but he never looked up from his laptop.

Kate: Jeff didn’t seem like he wanted to talk.

Voice-over: Jeff made his friends feel like he was busy. He didn’t show he was listening to them, even though he was. Not everyone is in your head and knows that you are listening. You need to show you are listening with your whole body. Let’s watch Jeff use whole body listening.

Kate: Hey Jeff!

Jeff: Hey guys!

Mike: Are you busy now?

Jeff: They think I'm busy. I need to turn around and show that I'm listening. Nope, what's up?

Kate: Well, we forgot what the math homework is. Can you tell us?

Jeff: Yeah, let me check.

Voice-over: That time, Jeff used whole body listening. He turned around and faced the group. That way, they knew that Jeff was interested in talking. Remember, we don’t just listen with our ears. Our bodies can tell people what we’re thinking. Remember to use whole body listening.