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“How many times do you find your mind wandering when someone is talking to you? No, you’re not abnormal. And you don’t have attention deficit disorder. Most people speak at an average rate of about 120 words a minute. But most people can listen about four times faster. So you mind fills in the gaps by thinking of other things. Be aware of this and slow down your listening. Force yourself to stay focused, so that you can really comprehend everything the speaker is saying.”

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