At Toastmasters' there is an exercise we do to become better listeners. One of the toastmasters assumes the role of grammarian. One of his/her tasks is to write down phrases spoken by various speakers during the evening. At the end of the meeting the grammarian reads the phrases and the rest of us have to tell him who said what. I am not very good at this exercise. I usually only peg one out of seven phrases correctly--if that.
I assumed I was a good listener. There goes that notion. Actually if you talk to my kids, any one of them would probably say, "I could have told you that."
Belated resolution: I will work at improving my listening skills.