Active listening is a critical skill for anyone pursuing a career in the high-pressure, high-risk world of stunt acting. It's especially important for those with neurodiverse backgrounds, as it can help enhance their communication skills and improve their overall performance. This guide aims to explain what active listening is, its importance in high-risk and high-pressure work, and provide self-help exercises to help you become an active listener.
What is 'Active Listening' and how is this different from what we think we do all day?
'Active listening' is defined as being different to normal listing or hearing. It is a developed skill and fundamental to enhancing our communications skills.
It is defined as the process of fully engaging in the act of listening, giving the speaker your undivided attention, and providing feedback through verbal and nonverbal cues. This involves not only hearing the words being spoken but also understanding the message, emotions, and intentions behind them.
Active listening means we listen to take in and understand, not to reply
Importance of Active Listening in High-Risk and High-Pressure Work
Self-Help Exercises for Active Listening
By mastering the skill of active listening, stunt actors can significantly enhance their performance, communication, and overall success in the industry. Through consistent practice and self-awareness, you'll be able to adapt and thrive in the high-pressure, high-risk world of stunt acting.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team