One of the highest compliments you can pay another person is the simple act of listening to them. Have you ever hear a wife say of her husband, "he never hears a word I say," or the popular young person's quote, "my parents just don't listen to me, they don't understand me?" How many marriages would be saved if we all just took the time to pay attention to what others said? How many children would stop their rebellious behavior if their parents would open their ears and shut their mouths long enough to understand? A lot of trouble, misery, and failure happens in our world because people don't listen. So often we shut of the receiver and start broadcasting! It's been said many times before, God gave you two ears and one mouth, use them in proportion.
It's simply a matter of taking the focus and attention off one's self. Set the ego aside and make the other person the most important issue in the room. Think of your friends and acquaintances, who gets the vote for most intelligent and wise? Is it the people in your life that are always shooting off their mouth, the guy who has the answer to everything before the question is even out of your mouth, or is it the one who has learned the art of being a good listener? It's amazing how wise one can seem by simply saying nothing. Some of the best conversationalists I know hardly say a word. Disagreements often begin between two people because party A had the attention on themselves, and not on party B. Impress them with you ability to listen!