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Enhance Your Performance: Show, Don’t Tell
Posted May 18th, 2010 by Carroll King Schuller
There’s always ONE request that your co-workers, employees, boss, or even spouse just never seems to hear.
“When we’re getting ready to travel, please don’t pack my toothbrush until after breakfast.”
“Before we go into a meeting, be sure to send me a copy of the report.”
People seem to listen. But next time around, nothing changes.
The toothbrush is still missing before breakfast, so you’re left to slather a gob of paste onto your index finger.
What can you do to finally be heard?
For starters, stop talking!
Instead, get creative and think of a way to use the old teaching adage, “show, don’t tell.”
Here’s an illustration.
If you told me the ideal gas law (PV=nRT) (which states that a drop in temperature with fixed mass and external pressure will result in a smaller volume, and vice versa), I would say WHAT?
I might never get it.
Even if I cared about this concept–even if it was important to my personal or career success–I wouldn’t get it.
I would walk around forever misunderstanding, misremembering, and generally feeling baffled by the ideal gas law.
Everything would change in an instant, however, if you showed me this video (see below).
I would get it in a split second.
Apply the same thinking in your relationships.
Show, Don’t Tell.
Take it as a fun challenge, though you should probably stop short of using dry ice and balloon animals. Well, maybe.
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