I wish it had been earlier for me to get this advice: To Be a Better Listener, Embrace the Awkward Pause.
Here's another related article that describes the intricacies of listening in a more detailed way: You’re Not Listening.
Why is it so important to listen? Listening is key to practicing Your Most Important Skill: Empathy.
From now on trying to keep reminding myself: The world knows a lot more than you.