As a recruiter listening is far more important than talking and I know I for one can be guilty of being far too involved in my own agenda and focus far too much on my next sentence rather than what the other person is saying. I am also aware that changing almost a life time of bad listening habits cant really happen over night.
If you also feel that listening isn't a strong point of yours I would recommend reading this article every time you feel yourself slipping back into bad habits.
Ever zone out while someone is talking? Of course. We all do. The average human has an eight-second attention span. With electronic distractions competing for your time and an abundance of responsibilities at work, it makes listening attentively to someone else speak pretty difficult.