How To Talk To People So That They Listen

How To Talk To People So That They Listen

Have you ever wondered how to talk to People so they don’t stop listening and tune out to you when:

  1. It is about stuff they already know.
  2. It is about stuff they don’t care about (because it’s not about them or doesn’t apply to them).

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE:

Imagine you’re on a plane. You get seated and put your earphones in just as the stewardess starts giving her pre-flight demonstration.

Have a quick look around the plane….no one cares. They are either like you listening to music, or asleep, or too busy reading….Letting the lady just do her thing. She is telling you how to survive a plane crash….but no one cares!

Why?

  1. Maybe they are frequent flyers and have heard this info a million times before.
  2. Maybe they don’t care because it won’t happen to them.

…..or maybe it’s just PLAIN FRICKING BORING!!

You have to admit they are a little boring. Maybe flight companies should give the flight attendants free reign. Say whatever they like so long they get the point across.

I’ve heard some flight companies in the USA do this.

Maybe the flight crew could say things like:

“If you’re travelling with small children…..hard luck!”

“To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle and pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt. If you don’t know how to use one, you probably shouldn’t be out in public unsupervised.”

“On behalf of the flight crew we would love to welcome you to The Maldives, however we are in Manchester!”

Would you listen to the pilot if he said:

“We’ve reached our cruising altitude now, and I’m turning off the seat belt sign. I’m letting the new boy fly this hunk of junk so I can come back there and have a drink and party with you guys.”

How To Talk To People So That They Listen

My point is:

If you make your message INTERESTING AND EVEN FUNNY…people will be open to it. The main purpose is to be INFORMATIVE….but you can be entertaining as well!

Think about this the next time you’re going to say or write something.

Here is a quick cheat-sheet for next time you are stuck (in this order):

#1.) Is this message informative? Will it help the people listening or reading it?

#2.) Is this something the person actually cares about?

#3.) If this is a boring subject, is this at least SLIGHTLY entertaining?