Listening Habits: What Drives You Crazy?

Jul, 17, 2014

Here are the top 30 things that make me crazy when I’m trying to talk to people. I’ll bet most of them drive you crazy, too.

1. Interrupting

2. Lack of eye contact

3. Holding side conversations

4. No response or feedback

5. Asking questions that have already been answered or are irrelevant

6. Correcting grammar or word choice

7. Completing sentences

8. Showing lack of interest

9. Walking away during the conversation while claiming to be listening

10. Answering before a question has been answered

11. Looking at his or her watch frequently

12. Appearing impatient

13. Saying they understood but showing that they did not

14. Disagreeing with everything said

15. Sitting too close

16. Bad breath

17. Allowing distractions to interfere

18. Throat clearing

19. Answering their phone or reading their email

20. Doodling

21. Combing or twirling hair

22. Nervous mannerisms such as finger tapping

23. Blank stare

24. Shuffling papers

25. Reading printed material

26. Chewing gum

27. Smoking

28. Abruptly changing the subject

29. Using a speaker phone

30. Putting on makeup

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Lisa Mirza Grotts is a recognized etiquette expert, an on-air contributor, and the author of A Traveler’s Passport to Etiquette. She is a former director of protocol for the city and county of San Francisco and the founder and CEO of The AML Group (, certified etiquette and protocol consultants. Her clients range from Stanford Hospital to Cornell University and Levi Strauss. She has been quoted by Condé Nast Traveler, InStyle magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times. To learn more about Lisa, follow her on and

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