Manufacture Your Day by GIVING THE GIFT OF YOUR ATTENTION
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Multitasking while speaking with people might be one of the worst habits that I have observed in the corporate world.
If you think you’re so important that you can’t stop doing what you’re doing and give someone your undivided attention, think again.
You may display the same bad habit at home with your wife/husband and children. Eventually you will have to pay a high price for this kind of behaviour.
Everyone is busy BUT if you have a human being in front of you who would like to have a conversation with you, I strongly recommend that you:
- turn off your phone
- remove your phone from the table/your hand (this way you can’t be tempted to look at it)
- get away from your laptop / PC
- stop reading “important documents”
- stop working
- ignore the ringing landline (ideally forward it to someone else if you have a scheduled meeting)
- are present
If you think you have the ability to multitask, I would like to make you aware that you will either make a mistake with the task at hand or you miss half of the person’s message.
I won’t sugarcoat it. Multitasking while someone is speaking to you is rude and shows a tremendous lack of people skills.
You don’t say it but your actions demonstrate that somebody/something else is more important than the person in front of you. Remember, actions always speak louder than words.
If what you’re doing is so important that it absolutely cannot wait, tell the person and provide a different time.
For example, you can say, “Can I speak to you in one hour? I have to complete “ABC” because…… Thanks so much for understanding.”
Make sure you do what you say you will do. That’s an important part of your integrity.
Why not become better to live in the here and now, especially when it involves the people around you?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
If you are a manager, do you think it is your job to motivate people?
Answer: No, it isn’t. Create a motivating environment and don’t demotivate them by not listening to what they have to say. It is as simple as that.
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