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Personal Beliefs and How They can Affect Listening

You may have to listen to a speech that is contrary to your own ideas or beliefs. You can spend so much time concentrating on these conflicting views that you miss much of the message being transmitted.

Be flexible. Maintain your own attitudes and beliefs, but also respect or listen to an opposing viewpoint without allowing the fact that it's in opposition to your ideas to become a distraction. Compare or contrast your viewpoint with that of the speaker, but don't concentrate on blocking out the opposition.