I had to go to a meeting today.
It was a good meeting.
For me it’s good when other people have the chance to contribute without another person butting in, ready to come back with a rebuttal. In this particular meeting I wanted to hear exactly how a particular communications company planned to carry out a campaign. And although several thoughts crossed my mind as I listened, and part of me wanted to respond, I held my tongue and focused on the speaker. I heard all of it, not part of it.
Too often we listen in “waiting to speak” mode. We’re so anxious to get our own point across that what the other person is saying we never hear. In other words, our point of view is more important than what the other person has to say.
Is there any greater disrespect? Not much. Next time you’re at a meeting, keep your ears open and a zipper you know where. You’ll learn a lot, especially if you’re someone who loves to hear yourself speak.