Listening skills are very important. You can not listen while you are talking. Listen twice as much as you talk.
Repeat The Message For Understanding
Good communication is when both people understand what is being said. Miscommunication is when people don't understand what is being said. Make sure you rephrase what is being said to make sure you fully understand it.
Share The Role Of Speaking And Listening
Focus on what is being said and not what you are planning to say. Make sure you do not ignore the speaker.
Make sure you have effective listening. Don't interupt, have an open mind, and react emotionally. Don't get distured by such things are side conversations or your cell phone. Pay full attention to the speaker and turn off any disturbances.