How often do you find yourself pseudo-listening, pretending you’re all ears while someone’s talking? That’ll get you in trouble. Developing your listening skills is very important. You gain a lot of insights through listening, especially if you pay attention to nonverbal cues. When you’re zoning out it’s easy to brush these cues off and you may miss the real message. If you want to improve your listening skills, write down the things that distract you when you’re trying to listen. Next time you are in a conversation, try to reduce those distractions. You may be surprised at what you learn from your friends.