True or false?
We burn calories while listening effectively.
We can think faster than someone can talk.
Both statements are true!
It takes real energy to listen effectively! Do you know people who “tire you out” just from listening to them?
The average person speaks at about 130 words per minute. So we have plenty of “spare time” to mentally wander while someone is talking. Do you daydream, plan a response, think about your “to – do list”?
When we decide to really listen, we have to expend energy and make good use of that mental time – anticipate what might be said – listen for something specific, etc.