Effective Interpersonal Listening in the Personal Selling Environment: Conceptualization, Measurement, and Nomological Validity

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Winter 1999


A study develops and validates a measure of the degree to which salespeople practice effective listening. After defining and discussing the construct, the development of a paper-and-pencil self-report measure of interpersonal listening in the personal selling (ILPS) context is described. The validity of the measure was assessed via a mail questionnaire with a sample of 604 salespeople from a variety of firms and industries. Both performance and sales experience were significantly correlated with the ILPS scale. There were no significant relationships between ILPS and gender, age, or industry type. The 14-item ILPS scale that emerged from the purification process was shown to have acceptable reliability estimates, as well as evidence of face, convergent, and nomological validity.