If you want people to listen when you talk, then you need to use these three simple tactics…

1: Listen

Now this may sound counterproductive for getting someone to listen to you. How can they listen if you aren’t talking? But listening is the cornerstone for good conversation. Giving someone your full attention is a surefire way to make them want to listen to you. If you are interested in what they have to say, they will feel the same about you.

2: Get To The Point

Waffles should remain firmly on a plate (or in my belly!) but not in conversation. If you don’t get to the point straight away then people’s interest will start to fade and their attention will wander. Communicate in a simple, compelling way that people can understand. There is no need to be overly complicated or wordy.

3: Be Relevant And Interesting

Read the signs from your conversation partner. If they pick up their phone or start doodling on their paper while you are talking then you could be boring them. All the passion in the world will not save your conversation if the other person is simply not interested. Don’t talk beef to vegetarians, and don’t talk snow to a beach lover. Know your audience and frame your conversation appropriately.