44. Listen

This sounds easy but it’s not. There are so many distractions during meetings: your email is piling up, you are thinking about your part of the presentation, about what you have to deliver by the end of the day that is not getting done, the recent assignment you were given, etc. But you will get more out of every exchange and meeting if you don’t worry about checking your phone, facebook, email, electronics in general and focus on the person talking. Really listen to what they are saying and what they are communicating by what they are not saying. If you are fully engaged in the conversation you will pick up the subtle nuances that others miss and then understand the different layers of what is being shared. More importantly you will really understand what your colleague is requesting, needing, teaching, so you can get more out of the exchange and be ready to respond thoughtfully and with insight.

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