Listening carefully to someone is the best way to show that you are genuinely interested in what they have to say. When you listen to someone, not just with your mind, but with every fibre of your being, it sends them the message: ”I value your opinion” and it helps to forge a deep human connection. Very few of us are good at listening. Years ago I was involved with someone who hardly stopped talking. I could be with him for two hours listening to him talk and not once would he ask my opinion or listen to what I had to say (or tried to say). I realise now that people like him lack what scientists call ‘sensory acuity’ (an ability to pay attention to the cues around them) but also that they probably weren’t listened to much as they were growing up.