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Listening Skills Inventory


Purpose: LiSI will assess how attentive a person is to a speaker, and whether he or she is an active participant in the listening process.


No. of questions: 54

Question type: Situational, self-report

Estimated completion time: 15 minutes

Shorter versions of assessment: N/A


Report Includes:

  • Summary

  • Introduction

  • Graphs

  • Detailed narrative interpretation

  • List of Strengths an Limitations

  • Advice


Factors and Scales:

Overall Score plus 2 factors, divided into 7 scales:


  • Physical Attentiveness: Use of verbal and non-verbal language to indicate attentiveness.

  • Mental Attentiveness: Mentally “tuning-in” to a speaker, and being willing and able to offer undivided attention.

  • External Distractions: Ability to pay attention despite background noise.

  • Conversation Flow: Tendency to interrupt or otherwise disrupt conversation flow.

  • Speaker to Listener Transition: Level of comfort with being the listener rather than speaker.

  • Body Language: Use of body language to convey interest and attentiveness.

  • Internal Distractions: Ability to pay attention despite internal conflict.

  • Attention Span: Ability to pay attention to a speaker for an extended period of time.

  • Hearing a Person Out: Ability to listen with an open mind.

7 scales:

  • External Distractions

  • Conversation Flow

  • Speaker to Listener Transition

  • Body Language

  • Internal Distractions

  • Attention Span

  • Hearing a Person Out



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