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It must have happened to you? You been party to meeting or a group conversation and in a discussion with other participants, after the event, you find that others have a completely different memory of the event….
How can it be that a group of people all partake in a discussion and yet everyone takes away something different?
I find it fascinating and challenging.
When we set out to communicate we have a clear intention in our mind. We know what it is we want others to hear. However, there is no sure fire way for us to know that our intention has been interpreted as we would wish.
Whenever we listen, we do so through filters of experience. Our minds are constantly matching and checking the words we hear against memories they hold and will choose the best match. This is not always the most appropriate thing for us to do.
So I am looking for ideas. What tips and techniques do people have for ensuring that their audience has interpreted their communications as they intended?
There are days when I feel as if I speak a different language from others, such is the level of mis – communication.
Answers on a postcard please……or a comment would do!