However, my actual lowest area was Interpreting rather than Evaluating which came in next to last. I guess I knew myself better than I realized and can recognize that I am good at remembering and recalling but have other areas to work on. In actuality, I recognize that I am good at remembering things and as far as my educational setting, I am definitely better at listening than I am a visual learner.
When scoring myself on the HURIER self-assessment of listening, I was hard on myself. I never gave myself a single five-point score on any of the questions which correlated with the “almost always” answer. However, I also never gave myself a one-rating on anything either which correlated with “almost never.” My scoring instead, I mostly gave myself primarily '4' ratings that coordinated with the “usually” response. I think in some ways that not giving myself any '5' ratings indicates that I acknowledge that I am not the best listener, and I would guess hardly anyone would be so hard on themselves to honestly say that they “almost never...” do something (whatever that something is) in accordance to listening. No one wants to admit that they are poor listeners or at least have certain faults among the six components of listening. My personal results were as follows in according to rank, with the top ranking component that is my best is Remembering which is tied with Hearin. Understanding and Responding are tied for third and fourth rank with 22 points each. ; the Evaluating component
is ranked fifth; and my lowest is Interpreting coming in at sixth rank with a total of 17 points that I gave myself. According to the individual points, the HURIER listening profile broke it down for me that anything from 25-30 points indicated that the person was an excellent listener. I did not rank myself in any of the six components to have a high enough score to be considered “excellent” in any area of listening. This is evident that I can improve on all levels of listening. In most areas, I fell into the “you believe you are a good listener,” area and only in Interpreting did I have “adequate” listening skills. Some questions that I scored myself very low are areas that I need to think about more in accordance with not just listening but in overall other aspects and variables that may relate to listening. One question “I take into account the speaker's personal and cultural perspective when listening to him.” I ranked myself a 2 on that question and realize that maybe I should be a little more open-minded about people before I consider whether or not I should listen to them. I also scored myself a 2 on the question that “I am sensitive to the speaker's tone of voice in communication situations.” Again, maybe I am not so good at being empathetic to a person that is talking. Those are the only questions that I scored myself a 2 on. I can tell that sometimes when someone is saying something, if I start to blank out to what they are saying, I do not respond correctly but it can be difficult when someone drones on and on about something that is uninteresting to me. I think that sometimes when taking assessments of this nature, we have the tendency to believe that we listen, interpret, understand and remember better than we really do. If I were really tested on