Distant body language.
Single word answers.
Tapping your foot against the floor.
I do these things when I am not interested. I am sorry what you are saying isn’t getting all of my attention. I don’t mean to be rude, but my mind is elsewhere. It is not here listening to you.
Fast forward to topics of interest; all things health, travel, culture, career advice, relationships, friends, and I am all there.
Eyes are focused.
Body language is supportive and congruent to the other.
Elaborate answers with input.
Warmth and smiles.
I am not good at hiding it; hiding whether I am “tuned in” or “tuned out” in conversation. I don’t like this. I want to be a better listener. I want to speak less and hear more.
Listening is a skill. It is a hard skill. My grandma is a master at this; a gentle gaze, warmth, and advice that years of life can warrant.
Be a better listener. Learn from others words.