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How to Tell if Someone’s Not Paying Attention to You

listeningIf you’ve ever been in a meeting or even a conversation and as you’re talking you’re noticing the other person is mentally checked out, that’s one thing but other times it’s not so easy to tell when they’re zoned out.

Business Insider talked to Nick Morgan, speech coach and author of Power Cues, for tips. He explained: “Our colleagues and fellow workers nod and smile a lot to show they’re listening, but it’s not really happening.”  Read more

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Are you a Talker or a Listener? Expert Says Ideal Conversation Should be Split Equally

listenIn the category of things that make you go hmmm, the notion of talking versus listening certainly gave us reason to pause.

Here’s why: A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal posed a challenge. The next time you’re having a lengthy conversation, figure out what percentage of it was spent talking. And then think about the percentage spent listening. And then realize you completely underestimated the talking piece; up it by 20 percent.

According to the piece, Dr. Lynn Koegel, clinical director of Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, indicated the ideal conversation entails each person talking precisely half of the time.

Rob LaZebnik, writer for The Simpsons, pointed out in the piece, “But, you say, what if your talking partner is just quiet and loves to listen? Stop it. She doesn’t. Listening is like reading a corporate report. Talking is like eating a cinnamon bun.” Read more