Too often people spend most of their time while the other person is talking formulating their response or waiting impatiently for the other person to stop so they can get their turn.
If more people would take the time to simply sit back and listen when others are talking and if/when it’s time for them to speak they can then take a moment to formulate their thoughts, things would go much better.
When you are thinking of your response, you aren’t concentrating on what the other person (or people) are saying. Even if you hear the words, you will miss some of the gestures and mannerisms.
The next time someone else is speaking, clear your mind and just listen to them. Don’t think about your response. Don’t think about your next meeting or meal…just listen. You might actually learn something!
Have a great day!