When I catch myself daydreaming or skipping ahead of the speaker, can I stop and repeat his or her words to get back on track?
“If you know what you should do and don’t, you’re no better off than the person who doesn’t know.” Aristotle
We’ve all have trouble listening intently to others. Some of our minds are whirring with dozens of “To-Do” list items while someone is talking to us. Whether you’re on the phone, in a one-on-one, or in a big meeting—this technique is guaranteed to bring you back every time. Silently repeat the speaker’s words. (Remember to do this silently, or you risk getting on someone else’s nerves!) You’ll be tuned in to the conversation, and meetings will go faster and solutions will come more quickly.