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Were you ever accused of Not Listening?

harebrain-will-bullasListen for meaning

Everyone can learn to listen better though some are already better than others naturally. The trick to help you focus is to be listening for meaning. Hearing the words, even repeating the words is no guarantee that you understood what was said. Listen and clarify for meaning not the words.

Some tips to improve your listening for meaning:
1. Paraphrase what was said. Then ask did you get it right. Paraphrasing is not repeating the words, instead it is restating in your own words an shorter, simpler, more straightforward if necessary. Consider a situation in which someone said something short in a language you don’t understand. you can repeat the words but still have no idea what they meant. They will even say you got it right if you ask them.
2. Ask for a diagram.  Draw a quick picture, stick figures and arrows can be very effective.  Or use mind mapping or a flow diagram.  Don’t worry about getting the diagram perfect.  The purpose is improving communication and understanding, that’s all.
3. Ask for an example.
4. End with, “Did I get that right or what did I get wrong?”

A blog is meant to share thoughts worth sharing

I’m a TED fanatic. Ideas worth spreading. The short presentations are on such a myriad of subjects that anyone can find their interest. Or they can find a new interest.

In order to give a short presentation the presenter must have culled well. What is left gets to the point quickly and clearly.

When someone sends me an hour long video, a rambling interview, or a lengthy seminar I want to scream at them, “give me the summary, what are your main points?” Use a mind map and get your topic down to its essence, it’s key words, it’s key phrases, what you most want others to take away.

Business, Brains & B.S. published October 8, 2014

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Idea Generation instead of Brainstorming

The word brainstorming has gotten a bad rap from some who write on the www. The problem they seem to have is that their experiences with the subject have been the antithesis of purposeful brainstorming.

So I propose to use ‘idea generation’ instead of brainstorming. That is the purpose of most brainstorming sessions any way.

A good idea generation session has a clear goal but also leaves lots of room for playing around with ideas and exploring several different avenues that turn up.

A good idea generation session also will produce some ideas and directions that seem immediately applicable while others should be put in the parking lot to be reintroduced and explored at a next meeting.

The next book is so close I can see it

Business,brains, and bs is in its final stages. Pre-pub reviews are coming in. The cover art will be unusual and innovative. The business mystery story will intrigue you. And you will gather new ideas for your own business world.