Back in January of 2013, I posted the following– Multitasking: Mystique or Myth? If you haven’t seen it, feel free to read it when you have a moment.
Our brain is an incredible organ, as I’m sure you’d agree. The capabilities we possess are extraordinary! This topic has always been of particular interest to me given my role as a Corporate Communication & Speech Specialist. My clients never cease to amaze me with respect to their wealth of knowledge and expertise whether they’re accountants, architects, doctors, engineers, financial planners, or lawyers. As diverse as my clients may be, a common thread I’ve noted is the challenge of staying present or being fully in the moment when they communicate.
The reason for this is that most individuals turn their attention toward themselves when they speak. This is a natural behavior that results from being overly concerned about our own performance (e.g. how will my voice sound, will I use my hands too much, do I mumble, will my equipment work properly, will I be able to answer questions). This list can be quite lengthy as you can probably imagine and the tendency is to attend to the negative.
Part of my coaching is designed to help my clients understand that the goal in communicating is to direct our attention outward, toward our listeners (vs. inward toward ourselves). It is our audience that matters the most. Making this shift is ultimately critical to our success.
Many of us find it challenging to stay present, in part due to the plethora of distractions that abound. Learning ways to manage these distractions is a form of knowing how to train your brain. Here’s an article that offers some tips. Click here to read article from Harvard Business Review
What techniques to you find useful to stay focused? Can’t wait to hear from you.