We normally think that speaking is an art. A person must be so adept and skillful in order to hold his or her audiences spellbound. Apart from having good information about the topic, one must know how to deliver a moving or a powerful speech. How about listening? Have you ever thought that listening is also an art too?
A speech would be more efficient and effective, if it had listeners who were attentive. A lot of problems in communicating and also a lot of misunderstandings are due to either not knowing how to speak or not listening well. If we could listen carefully, we would have better understanding. So in order to build a better relation we should learn how to speak and how to listen as well, because no matter how nice we talk if people do not listen well, it would be of no use.
If we listen to a person with all the stereotypes and backgrounds that we have in our mind, in fact we are partly listening to that person. So at the end we will jump to a conclusion that is not authentic and reliable; it will even create more misunderstandings than before.
So in order to boost the relationships between people, to understand better and to have a better world we need to learn how to listen carefully and attentively.