Well, this was one of the most interesting evenings of experiential learning Blog readers......scary, but enlightening. Maybe you've experienced that embarrassing moment when you've forgotten the name of someone, you've very recently been introduced to? So the evening's activities were designed to help us focus on what we can do to improve our listening skills.
Barry began by welcoming members and then introduced the topic by referring to the fact that in diagnosing problems in communication, faulty listening skills were often to blame. In his international bestseller ' The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People', Stephen Covey, says that most people listen with the intent of replying not understanding. How true! With our concentration suitably sharpened and focused, members then began the evening's practice.
Barry had asked his staff to write out descriptions of how they spent their day on Sunday, including lots of detail for us to memorize. He then asked for volunteers, who after listening to a particular description,were invited to occupy the 'hot seat' and answer 10 questions. Some members scored brilliantly, we even had a score of eight and a half!
After this stimulating task, or words to that effect, we had a discussion about what memorising techniques had been most useful. Some ingenious and creative ideas were used, for example, visualizing, exaggerating mental images that are linked in sequences, problems with remembering numbers could be helped by linking hearing an eight with seeing a gate etc. Someone mentioned an excellent book 'Superpower Memory' by Harry Lorayne.
So, anyway, blog readers, I've given you a flavour again of an evening you might have found useful and interesting, so why not check us out one Monday evening. Next week, the 9th December, is Christmas Party night and our last evening of the year, beginning again on 6th Jan 2014. With all good wishes for the festive season and hoping to see you in the New Year.