Learn with the intention of asking questions.
It is really common for listeners to drift out of focus when they are listening passively. But while actively listening, even the most boring material can be made interesting. Just the thought process behind generating questions will keep the audience interested in the concept.
If you want to get more out of your learning, be it through reading, listening, or watching, force yourself to raise questions about the material.
For example, if you are listening to a lecture, instead of passively listening and simply taking in what you hear, simultaneously reflect on the content itself. You can use “what if” questions or determine your motivation or the alternatives. The possibilities are endless.
If you are giving a lecture or a presentation, you can apply this process by asking the audience to generate at least one question about the topic at the end.
This forces them to shift from being passive listeners to active listeners. And active listeners listen more effectively.
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