Communication Tip: Watch out for the multi-tasker

Beware of Distractions

An empty stomach will not listen to anything ~ Spanish Proverb

Do you ever get distracted and have no idea what the person talking to you just said?

How many times have you been interrupted, changed your focus for a minute and then thought, ”Now where was I?”

As technology allows people to do more tasks at the same time, living the myth that we can multi-task has never been stronger. However, researchers say it’s still a myth — and they have the data to prove it.

Humans do not have the ability to do more than one thing simultaneously. Instead, we must switch our attention from task to task extremely quickly.  People that appear to be good multi-taskers simply have a very good memory as they switch back and forth.

In our busy world, we are constantly tempted to multi-task.  The results can wreak havoc on our communication with someone else.

When you text, type, take a phone call, or do some other task while you are communicating with someone, you are telling them  “I don’t really care” and “I’m not really listening to you.”

And, really, you aren’t.

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Betty Lochner

Betty Lochner is a communication specialist, author, and professional speaker who teaches individuals and organizations how to make small changes that make huge differences in their relationships at work and home – improving morale, confidence and productivity. She is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home and 52 Communication Tips. Both are also available on


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