16 Worst Listening habits Effective Listening 10/26/08 Jake Shonka When I was at the volleyball game I sat behind two guys that had several conversations about things like sports, food and school. I found many of the worst habits in these conversations too. The first conversation was a lot about sports and mostly basketball. Person A started the conversation and was talking about college basketball to person B. Person B was nodding their head but not really paying attention because you could tell they were into the game more than the person A’s facts. That would be number six. What he could have done to make the conversation more interesting was waited until the point was over then listened to what he had to say. He also could have ignored the game for those thirty seconds and just listened to person A while they were telling the story. I also think that he had a little bit of the entertainment syndrome which is number sixteen. Nothing that was said was funny at all so I think that would be another reason that he might not have been too interested. The next conversation was between three guys. It was mostly about school and the college’s food in the café. Person A did most of the talking to person B and person C. Person C was hearing what was said but I don’t think he was actually listening. He really didn’t think the conversation was interesting at all. He should have asked questions that would make him more interested in the conversation. These two conversations I really noticed how someone should listen and I know that I do some of the same things when people talk to me. I will try to do better when people talk to me.