Saturday, July 19, 2008

a realization

The seminar 'Communicate 2 B Great" was a HIT! The most amazing development seemed to be the listening exercise whereby one partner absolutely listens for 2 full minutes while the speaker discusses a minor issue he/she may be experiencing.
The listeners felt an incredible urge to interrupt or interject with their own thoughts/opinions. Most of the listeners realized how much they actually do interrupt on a regular basis not allowing for the speaker to fully communicate using their own language.

As the speaker, some people felt uncomfortable having the spotlight on them. They weren't sure initially if they could even fill 2 minutes of 'air time' mostly because many of us aren't accustomed to being fully listened to.

The idea of the exercise is to help people realize that when it comes to communication, people process as they speak and unless they have the opportunity or the space to fully express themselves using their own words and thought processes then the message could be lost or distorted by the listener.

Speak to get YOUR point across and listen for the pure intent of understanding your partner!