Distraction is clearly on the rise. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you given that many of us are preoccupied with our own thoughts, feel compelled to multi-task or are consumed with our phones and being plugged in to the world.

While distraction has multiple ramifications, the common theme is we’re less apt to pay attention, whether it’s to our surroundings, other people or even our own needs. As a Corporate Communication & Speech Specialist it’s common to note the impact of lack of attention when it comes to how we communicate.

One of the best ways to improve how you communicate with other people is to strengthen how well you pay attention. Think about if you…
1. Know what’s important to another person and tailor your message
2. Exhibit curiosity by genuinely wanting to learn about what matters to someone else
3. Seek to understand an audience to whom you’ll be speaking
4. Listen closely to what you’re told
5. Observe the non-verbal language in front of you
6. Monitor your own non-verbal language when interacting
7. Self-assess your communication to discover your strengths and areas for growth
8. Ask insightful questions
9. Invite feedback
10. Adjust what you’re saying based on reactions you note

When we pause to pay better attention we become more aware and alert, which makes us more agile communicators. So are you paying attention? Need to discuss this—I’m all ears.