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How to Talk So People Will Listen

By | Gavin Adams |

If your job requires speaking on any level, the last thing you want is for people to stop listening.

Sure, they may be physically present, but that doesn’t mean they are emotionally or intellectually present.

When I worked in student ministry, I knew if the students were listening. They certainly did not attempt to hide their disinterest. As a growing communicator, I regularly saw the backs of heads or kids on phones. There were moments when students would literally turn around and sit facing the opposite direction! Their public disengagement was proof of their disinterest.

Adults are a bit harder to read, though. Most adults know how to look interested even when they aren’t. As a communicator, adults won’t give us the easy and obvious cues that display their interest.

This means we must institute some communication practices to ensure their interest.

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