Some people may give you the impression that they’ve heard you but when you’ve come back to them a few days later on the same topic or issue raised you soon discover that they weren’t listening to you after all. You may be guilty of this human flaw too. But take heart that it cannot always be helped and that you are not intentionally dismissing what other people have to say. There is the old saying that to err is human. Because we are faced with so many distractions in our daily lives, ranging from getting the kids ready for school in the morning to multitasking at your desk at work, it is not always easy to stay focused all the time.
Learning to stay focused
Fortunately there are a number of ways to overcome this disability. Mainly through the use of audio-books, people continue to learn how to stay focused on one area of importance in their lives. Taking the examples mentioned above, mothers turn all their attention to their small children in the morning before honing in on their next big task, such as preparing for a day at the office. Meanwhile, at the office it is not uncommon for ineffective supervisors and managers to disrupt the ability of their staff to work effectively, interrupting the flow of business as well.
Audio book presentations teach mothers, workers and managers how to optimize their days. Returning to the scenario of workers and their bosses, these self-help guides also teach listeners how to be intent and patient, focusing on important areas of a discussion and practicing habits of patience when dealing with an over-exuberant conversationalist. It goes without saying by now that audio-books in general fulfill many other important functions apart from self-help and motivation.
Making space for meaning and value
Audio-books are ideal for people who are persistently busy and continuously on the go. At different times of the day it is always a challenge for these folks to take a moment, if you will. There are, of course, audio guides that teach these people how to cope with schedules that have little or no space for something more meaningful and valuable in their lives. But while you are unavoidably carrying on with your busy life, you could be listening to an audio-file as you go.
Being stuck in rush-hour traffic, for instance, presents you with an ideal opportunity to be pleasantly distracted while listening to an audio-book. Motorists simply put the disk in their player and calmly proceed to listen to their music, even what is known as white noise, and not let the bumper to bumper traffic bother them. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, may say that this is easier said than done. Thanks to technology, a purpose-driven Bluetooth helmet makes listening to audio files possible for them too.
But at the end of the day, the very act of listening to audio-books helps people improve their ability to listen rather than just merely hearing noise or a patch of conversation which either distracts them or is soon forgotten.