3 Tips to Become The Best Listener

Today’s post is part 1 of a three part series on active listening written by our friend, Patrick Ewers. Check out Tip #2 here and tip #3 here. Patrick is an executive coach and founder of Mindmaven. You can find him on Twitter @PatrickEwers.

One of the biggest technology-driven problems I see in this society is that our minds are evolving in a way that makes them trained to be exceptionally receptive to interruptions and distracting signals. Our brains become proficient in changing the subject, adjusting what we’re looking at or how we’re perceiving something simply because we hear a notification sound on our phone.

The scary part is that it doesn’t take very long for your brain to make this switch. Very often, in just five seconds we can lose interest in one thing and move onto the next. Disruptions are so prevalent, that you might not even notice it happening. With all of these interruptions, it becomes a real challenge to rewire your brain to hold its focus on one topic.

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3 Networking Tips for Extroverts

Where my extroverts at!?

Extroverts, this is coming from one of your own so focus up!

Many people (wrongly) think that extroverts don’t need networking advice. They think we could hold a conversation with a park bench. And though they may be right, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities to develop our social skills.

Here are a few things we know about extroverts:

  • Extroverts draw their energy from being in larger groups of people. They feed off of others’ spirit.
  • Sometimes, when extroverts are left alone for too long, they can get crazy uncomfortable.
  • Extroverts have a lot of “friends” and not as many friends.
  • One misconception is that all extroverts are confident. Extroversion and confidence are not synonymous.

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