5 Ways To Know When People Are Pretending To Listen To You

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Girl with megaphone, shouting loudly, young man is reading a newspaper ignoring her

Girl with megaphone, shouting loudly, young man is reading a newspaper ignoring her

These days, almost everyone has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or they pretend to. Whatever be the case, it is hard for people to give their undivided attention in any situation especially in a speech situation. This is how to know when someone isn’t listening.

Staring Intently

When you are giving a passionate speech and the listener is staring intently, right past your ear, chances are that the person is thinking of more exciting things than what you have to say

Smiling Too Wide

They are obviously not interested in what you are saying but they do not want to come off as rude so they smile… an over compensation for the total lack of interest and enthusiasm in what is going on.

Over Nodding

Watch out when someone nods too often to what you are saying. Chances are that they only want to agree with everything you say without even knowing what you are saying  just to get out. They may even be dozing off, hence the frequent nodding


When someone throws a compliment in the middle of your statement, chances are they haven’t been paying much attention and have been fixated on the thing they complimented you about.

Tapping Their Fingers Or Doodling

People can pretend to be paying attention but their body language always betrays them. The mindless things they do, like tapping their fingers or doodling idly betrays their disinterest in what is going on around them.

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