I love talking to people about what they really want to change, and the obstacles they have in going from good to great. Today in a presentation, a woman was working on an assignment in a concurrent I was presenting and she had me repeat the objectives four times. She said she was sorry but couldnâ€™t â€œfocusâ€ on what she needed to do.
Personally, I donâ€™t think it is focus at all â€“ it is listening skill. And the problem many people have in hearing the information initially. They choose to be all tied up in their own thoughts and donâ€™t care to listen.
Listening well is hard, but like most other skills, it is learned. Train yourself to focus on the information being transferred, and dump the emotional issues. Leave behind your judgment and concentrate on the needs of the situation. You will be amazed how focused you become!!