Listening is an ability that can be developed. The greater our ability to listen, the more effective we will become in our communication. Developing your ability to listen, understand, analyze and prepare prior to speaking. All too often we are preparing what we want to say rather than hearing what someone else is saying. Few qualities endear someone to us more than being a good listener. A seemingly simple and passive act, listening well actually requires great powers of concentration, a healthy curiosity, and good analytical abilities.