Losing the Distractions
Being a better listener is something all people should try to practice, but in a time when technology is running rampant in our society, distractions can not only interrupt our thought process, but also our conversations with others.
You've all been there (and admit it--you've probably all done it, too). You're trying to tell your friend or family member an important story. Instead of dedicating his full attention to you, he says the occasional "uh-huh" and "right," all the while texting on his cell phone or checking his e-mail. It's pretty annoying and frustrating.
Even worse is when this happens in the workplace. While having a vital conversation with a coworker or a boss, the last thing you want is the ping of her e-mail notification or the sound she's gotten a text message distracting her. In the famous words of Full House's Stephanie Tanner, "how rude!"
Remember good communication starts with you, so don't let these distractions take you away from your conversations, especially in the workplace. In the Aspire Collaborative Services LLC's blog, Mary Jo Asmus gives tips on how to lose these distractions, such as turning off your cell phone or at least putting it out of reach during a key conversation. Also remember to turn your computer notifications off. If you are a manager and are having an important conversation with your employee, remember to shut the door so no one interrupts you.
What are some other tips for getting rid of distractions during a conversation at work?