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Environmental Effects on Listening

Poor lighting, temperature extremes, inadequate ventilation or an overcrowded room can become major distractions. Some of these factors you can control; others you cannot. For example, let the speaker know if the room is too hot or too cold. Perhaps the heat or the air conditioning can be adjusted. There may not be much that you can do regarding an overcrowded and uncomfortable room. You can't kick people out and get a more comfortable seat. You may simply have to force yourself into concentrating on the speaker's content -- not the distractions. You need to practice a little self-discipline by ignoring the distractions and focusing on the business at hand.