The next time you’re in a conversation play a fun game – count the number of times someone is interrupted. It happens all the time, at work, at home, even at the grocery store. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how our attention spans are shrinking due to constant multitasking in the pursuit of always being on and in-the-know. I wonder if that’s the reason why we’ve left our manners at the door – we’re always in pursuit of instant gratification and want our questions answered or opinions voiced NOW.
My plea is that everyone reading this makes a conscious effort to pay attention to how much our conversations are riddled with interruptions – and then vow to curb your interrupting. The flip side of this is that when we’re talking we need to pay attention to our audience. Are you communicating effectively so that your audience is understanding your point? Are you talking too much? Are you not listening enough to learn what your audience is looking for?
Hopefully we can all learn to sit back, take a deep breath and listen.
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