We have been developing our listening habits since we were infants. As a result, most of us find it easier to listen to some people and some kinds of information more than others. Some people appear to prefer to listen to personal examples and illustrations. Individuals also differ in their preference of communication channels (telephone or face-to-face), message formats, structures, locations, and events. Rather than adapting listening styles to different audiences and settings, most listeners habitually rely on a comfortable pattern of listening behavior. These differences in the ways that listeners choose to listen are called "listener preferences." Unknowingly, we make judgments and decisions based on our habits that may affect our communication effectiveness.
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