Focus on the person you are talking with.
Sounds easy. With today’s technology and distractions this is actually pretty hard. Don’t look at your phone or your computer during the conversation. If you can’t talk to someone because you are focused on something else, come up with a way to let anyone who enters your office know that now is not a good time for focused conversation. Be sure to communicate how that will look.
I worked with a team recently who decided they’d make a new guideline for working together: door shut means I don’t want to be disturbed, door open means you can have my attention. If you don’t have a door, come up with a system (flags, sticky-notes, string) that will work at the entrance to your cube.
Christie Ward, CSP, provides employee training and executive coaching to individuals and teams who want to up their game. Christie’s professional development programs get proven results.