23 February 2006

Talking at each other

We're talking at each other instead of to each other. Each person seems like they are waiting for their next chance to talk, when they should be listening.

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2 comments:

Chris said...

In preschool, my daughter is being taught to say, "Excuse me. You're bumping my words."

Wish I'd learned.

Related to that, aren't blogs an example of that? We're a world of publishers now. Are we taking the time to read and absorb?

Janine said...

In reference to what Chris said:

I can only speak for myself but I do take time to read & absorb what I find out here on the net. Although, I would imagine that a lot of people don't.
To me, reading the various blogs that I take time to read is just an extension to my offline world of wanting to learn what other people have to say, what their experiences are, and maybe learning a different perspective--something I hadn't considered.

My manager, however, is the complete opposite. I'm lucky to get a word in edgewise. And, if I do, somehow she always finds a way to cut me off mid-senentce. Having a conversation with her feels like a competition. But, I have learned something from her and it's a valuable lesson I bring to every conversation that I have with someone: Not to do that to anyone....ever. :)