There are many times in my line of work that I learn little tips and activities which are facinating and helpful. So I thought it would be nice to share them.
Here's one of my favourites to help you understand the way you think a little better. It may also help improve the way you communiate with others. It's a quick and easy one to get us started.
Spend two minutes now thinking back to a fond memory, it could be a favourite holiday or a memory from your
childhood, try and remember it in detail. Do it now before reading on.
Now be conscious of how you remembered this, which one of these is most appropriate or stood out for you?
· You saw it like a vivid picture? Almost relive it? Or saw it through your own eyes?
· You remember it by hearing who said what, or the sounds you heard or didn't hear at the time? Like it was so peaceful or the lapping of waves etc.
· You remember it by how you felt at the time, feeling happy, comfortable or relaxed in the way you did when you experienced it for real?
We all use a blend of these methods but which is your strongest? This is how your brain likes to work and it is different for each person depending on which one their brain finds easier.
Now you know how you think, just imagine if every time someone explained something to you they described it in the way which your brain used. Describing a picture, explaining what was said or explaining how it will make you feel. This is how you can make it easier to remember or learn things. Your brain will take it on board quicker if it's in your language.
You can build rapport with people quickly using this idea too.
Next time someone speaks to you make a mental note of the words they use in order to determine how they like to think. Some examples to look out for are below but there are many more.
· I hear what you are saying.
· I see what you mean.
· I feel that would be the right thing to do.
· The way I look at it is….
Taking note of these things can help you structure your answer so you’re speaking in their language. If you speak in their language you're likely to get your point across easier.