I Can’t Listen Right Now
Presence & Distraction in Conversation

with Anna Kawar

How often do we say, “It’s actually not a good time to talk”? Probably not often enough. Instead we show up with one ear in the conversation and one eye on the phone, the kids, or the road.

Anna Kawar, cofounder of Leading through Connection, considers how this impacts us and the person who is speaking.


Filmed live at Women Together, October 2018.

Try this: Over the next 24 hours, notice your habits as a listener: Do you lean in, or do you check out?

We’d love to hear your observations in the Mindfulness Room in LifeWork Conversations.

How do you feel when someone says, “Now’s not a good time”?

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  • Anna Campbell says:

    I honestly feel a little hurt because my focus was on myself. When I take the focus away from me, and I retune it to be focused on both of us – then I only want what is best for me and the other person. And sometimes, that is giving them the space to be authentic and giving me the opportunity to truly appreciate them.

  • Marion says:

    I appreciate the honesty. At the same time it can feel lonely in that moment when I might really want to share with that specific person.

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