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How to Listen Well

Effective communication skills

The need for effective listening has never been greater. Pace of life, and obsession with outcomes, and genuine concern for our own interests and performance all conspire to degrade our ability to listen properly.

Perhaps you have to listen well as part of your job, or you want to give full attention to your children and loved ones, or maybe you simply want to do better in life. This powerful course will help you do all of these things and more.

Make your communications work better with the tips and exercises in this course.

Listening is an underrated skill. It is the most important aspect of effective communication and ‘First seek to understand’ is a sound guiding principle.

Good listening is a dynamic and unfolding process. It builds rapport which helps the speaker to clarify their thinking, as well as enabling the listener to understand.

Please note:

This course is still in development with some lectures yet to be added. As new ones are published you'll receive an email to let you know. Enrolment is free for now. It will switch to a paid course once all material is added, but because you've enrolled early you won't be charged and you'll still have full access to the course.

During this development phase, as ever, I welcome your feedback and comments. I value your opinions, and your input will help me with the course development process. Enjoy the course!

This course includes:

  • Listening attitude is the route to success
  • How to avoid the pitfalls that hinder many conversations
  • The ‘three big’ reasons that we find it difficult to listen attentively
  • A personal skills inventory for self-assessment
  • What makes a good listener
  • Seven point framework for effective listening
  • Reading list; titles to help you continue your study.


Your Instructor


Barry Winbolt MSc.
Barry Winbolt MSc.

I'm a psychologist, therapist and trainer. I've built my career around sharing information which helps people sort out the things that trouble them. Hence my strapline "Life doesn't have to be like that".

There's always something you do if you have the right information and the right guidance. So I provide personal and professional training that will help you get a better handle on yourself, a relationship, and life in general.

My courses always include plenty of practical advice that you can apply right away. I use a solution-focused, problem-solving approach because I want everything I deliver to be, first and foremost, useful and effective.

My aim is to show how easy it is to improve performance and wellbeing and to sweep away the doubts and uncertainties that often prevent people from sorting out the things that trouble them.

My strapline "Life doesn't have to be like that" comes from the idea that – given the right information and a bit of encouragement – we can fix a lot of life's irritants ourselves.

Find out more on my website: www.barrywinbolt.com


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
You have another questions?
Just send me an email: info@tbarrywinbolt.com

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