Tuesday, 3 July 2012

5 ways to listen better

In the talk, Mr. Treasure introduces 5 ways to listen better: filter, R.A.S.A(Receive, Appreciate, Summarize Ask Questions), silence, mix and savor. All five are important in order to improve conscious listening. However, the one that is most emphasized is R.A.S.A. The word 'rasa' is a Sanskrit word which means the essence or taste of something. R.A.S.A., in this case, is an abbreviation of 4 words: Receive, Appreciate, Summarize, Ask [questions]. The first word is receive; when listening, we are receiving information through sound from another source. The second word is appreciate, whereby we have to acknowledge the information being received my small movements, like nodding and making eye contact. The third word is summarize, in which we are encouraged to make a brief summary on what information we have just received, so as to avoid misunderstandings. Lastly, the fourth word is ask questions, so we can further clarify on information we have just received.

1 comment:

  1. so now we know why we have problems following instructions? If it is true that our world has become smaller because we tend to plug into earphones, is it true then that it affects the younger generation as compared to the older generation? Do you think we can implement RASA as part of the lesson to help students learn how to listen again?