How can I learn to stay focused while talking (and listening) on the phone, particularly in professional contexts?
I've searched many threads on AskMe, and have found some useful hints
, but I haven't found an answer yet. So Hivemind: How do you stay focused and organized during telephone conversations?
Tips and tricks would be welcome! I'm especially interested in tips for participating in conference calls and interviews where I'd be speaking with multiple people at once.
I suspect that my attention span is on the shorter end of the spectrum. This tendency towards mind-wandering and frequent task/topic-switching kicks into high gear whenever I'm on the phone. I guess this is because I can't seen the person, so all I have to anchor to is a voice. I frequently forget what I was going to say in person, but do so far more often while talking on the phone.
I don't mind if I switch topics every sentence or so while chatting with friends (although they sometimes mind), but it has become a problem in professional contexts like phone interviews. Confused facial expressions act as a cue when I've wandered off-topic in face-to-face conversations. Obviously this hint is lacking during a phone call.
I realize that to an extent, many people are less polished on the phone than they are in other contexts. Yet I've been told more than once (e.g. during practice phone interviews) that I come across as disorganized and spacey on the phone. I focus so hard on staying on track that I forget to mention important details (like half of my qualifications for the position).
All usual disclaimers apply: YANAD, YANAPdoc, etc. And because it will likely be asked about: I haven't been formally diagnosed with AD(H)D although my primary care physician suggested getting assessed.