Why does this matter?
If you get a reputation for being “scattered” or just not paying attention, it won’t help you get ahead in the business world. It also isn’t a very effective way to engage with others. Of course, some people really do have ADHD, and I am certainly not making light of a true medical condition that affects a person’s ability to engage with others using self control; however, I suspect that many people under stress merely get distracted and make the unconscious choice not to pay attention to others while in conversation. This is perhaps because they don’t realize the detrimental effects it will have on their careers and their personal lives.
What to do about it?
If you find that you are losing focus when talking to someone and either talking to others, doing something else or even drifting off to another thought, you might want to do some of these things: