How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
No Distractions and Attention
When we are attending to something there are many things that can happen to distract our attention away from the subject in hand. If we can remove distractions then this should help increase attention.
Distractions can include:
If there are no distractions, then there is little alternative than to attend to what is presented to you.
A teacher removes things on the wall, especially at the front of the classroom.
A sales person takes a customer to a quiet area to make the final push for the sale.
A business manager ensures there is only one key point on each slide in their presentation.
Our minds are complex instruments that require constant stimulation, and distractions easily pull us off in different directions, even in the middle of speaking or listening. We also constantly scan the environment for threats and opportunities and it can be difficult to turn this off when there are many things stimulating our visual or auditory senses.
When we are listening to others, we only use a small part of our mind to understand the words. We read at around 300 words per minute yet speak at about half this rate. This gives a listener plenty of time to be distracted by whatever else is happening around or even inner thoughts.
If you want people to attend to you, then remove as many distractions as you can. This can range from physical objects to words that you use. Things you can do include: