Here is a connection assignment.
Before your next meeting, date, coffee with a friend or family gathering, do one thing.
Take your phone and put it in your glove box. Don’t have a car? Place it in your purse, bag or backpack on silent mode. Then resist taking it out till you leave.
My wife recently pointed out how many of her students use their phones as a rescue device or a crutch in social settings.
Adults do it too.
“But it is how we communicate today” is the response I get all the time. Really? It is not the way you speak with the person right in front of you.
If you need to take notes, grab a notepad or journal.
Need to take a photo? Why? (seriously, I bet someone else there has a camera. Ask them to snap a pic.)
Will it be tough? I bet it will be. Stick it out. For some of you it will be the first time you have looked someone in the eyes and listened without the distraction of so many other inputs.
Need a refresher? Learn to listen all over again.
For a great refresher on how to have a good conversation watch Celeste Headlee:10 ways to have a better conversation