1. Letting your mind wander.

2. Letting certain words, phrases or certain prejudices block your receptivity to the speaker's ideas.

3. Tuning out the speaker if he/she uses technical terms that do not mean anything to you.

4. Pretending to be attentive while actually thinking (or daydreaming) about something else.

5. Sitting or remaining silent when the speaker is being unclear or incomplete in his/her thoughts.

6. Trying to take notes on everything that is being said.

7. Concentrating too much on details and missing the main ideas.

8. Mentally criticizing the speaker, instead of listening to his/her words.

9. Immediately opposing an idea or thought, instead of listening to what is being said.

10. Assuming that what you are hearing is unrewarding or uninteresting.

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