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Listening to a speech

What are some factors that inhibit listening?

Rank these factors in order from "most likely to interfere" to "least likely to interfere."

Outline your opinion of the actions necessary to active listening.

Is it ethical to have a private agenda when preparing a speech? Discuss using examples to support your position.

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There are many factors that inhibit listening. First, there are physical factors, including not being able to hear the message being conveyed, because of other competing noise in the environment or internal "noise" such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In addition, the way someone feels will affect their ability to listen. Sick people or those with chronic pain will be more focused on their physical condition and less focused on the message. In addition, there are psychological and emotional factors involved in listening: delusions and hallucinations will distort the incoming message; the listener's feelings for the speaker will somewhat modify the message that is heard. Stress and fatigue as well as duration of the listening task all impact one's ability to listen. ...

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This post describes factors that inhibit listening, a ranking of most to least interfering, characteristics of active listening, and also touches on the issue of having a private agenda in preparing a speech.