- Answer a phone call from a travel agent with answers about an Australia trip the therapist has been itching to take.
- Go down the hall to a lecture on “How to double your medical practice income”
- Listen to someone babble on for an hour with dozens of examples of how their younger sister always got more attention, and how that is the reason for every conceivable disaster in the last two decades, from failed marriages to Hurricane Katrina.
“The other kids teased me” … “People at work wouldn’t listen to my ideas” … “I never got my Christmas pony!”
If you sound like “Debbie Downer” – complaining without offering solutions -- your audience is going to tune out. You’ll see it in their faces, and in their body language if you pay attention, because audiences are ALWAYS giving you feedback. But, if you don’t see their signals, you can always just ask.