“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?” (KJV 1900)
16 reasons people don’t listen when you speak:
- Too many words. You’re a yapping lap dog.
- Ignorance. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Confused leaders lead confused organizations.
- Dancing. You don’t get to the point. Minds wander when your words wander.
- No follow through. You have a track record of not following through.
- No goal or higher purpose. There’s no meaning.
- No call to action. No one knows what you want if you don’t.
- Disconnected values. What matters to you doesn’t matter to them.
- Whining but no solutions or action. Don’t complain if you don’t plan to act.
- No resolve. You don’t mean what you say.
- Drama. You yelled, “The sky is falling,” when it wasn’t.
- Speaking before listening or without preparation.
- No passion. You don’t care about what you’re saying. If you don’t care, stop talking now.
- No love. You don’t care for the people you’re speaking to.
- You don’t take others seriously. Expect your words to roll off their back when their words roll of yours. Take others seriously if you expect them to take you seriously.
- It’s all about you and not about them. You’re a self-absorbed bore. Start with them not you.
- Disconnection. You just stepped out of your ivory tower to address the huddled masses.