When someone else is speaking, don’t feel the need to interrupt.

Just listen.

Be present.

Nod and smile (if appropriate).

Affirm their story and respect their perspective.

Don’t try to think of a clever response.

Don’t try to compare war stories.

Don’t look at your watch

Don’t look around the room to see if someone more interesting is there.

Just listen.

Your turn will come.

As Stephen Covey used to say, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

Imagine what the world would be like if we all followed this principle.