Learning the art of listening

As a proud Scout Ambassador, I am always looking for ways to help young people in Northumberland to develop the skills they need to succeed in life.

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 8:00 am

One of the most essential of these skills is active listening.

Today, according to recent YouGov research, 86 per cent of UK adults who had a view in the survey said we don’t listen to each other enough in UK society.

That needs to change.

In my profession, on the set of a Hollywood movie, if actors don’t listen to each other, the scene doesn’t work.

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The same applies in real life – it’s about taking the time to understand different points of view and showing respect.

Good listening is vital at both home and at work.

Some 94 per cent of those surveyed who had a view on the subject believe that active listening is important in creating a productive work environment.

The good news is that the Scouts in Northumberland are leading the way in this area.

More than 90 per cent of UK adults say that the Scouts are helping young people to develop this important skill by working together with different kinds of people in small teams.

When young people learn listening skills, it encourages them to develop empathy and understand more about the needs of others.

So whether you’re an adult looking for a great volunteering opportunity this year, or a young person looking to develop your skills, then visit www.scouts.org.uk to find out how to get involved.

Thanks to all our great Scout volunteers and thanks for listening.

Warwick Davis

Actor, Director and Scout Ambassador