As a final bonus tip, psychologically, it usually helps to go into a conversation telling yourself you’re equal to your partner. Part of the reason listening is so hard is because we subconsciously are always trying to reassure ourselves of status and power–we want to make sure for ourselves and prove to others we have the authority to speak. Maybe you have different titles or experiences than your partner, but you’re both just people. In that sense, you are automatically entitled to half the conversation right out of the gate. Use the knowledge of this fact to resist being overbearing and to reassure yourself you’ll get your turn, because the more you actively listen, the more people actually want to hear what you have to say.
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