Demonstrating How Difficult Good Listening Is | Distortion Exercise

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Demonstrating How Difficult Good Listening Is | Distortion Exercise
Dr. Alan Williams, Professor, Thailand, Member
I have run a development program on communications many times. Often I include a simple fun listening game.
- The game starts with one attendee going out of the room with the presenter.
- The presenter verbally gives some background information, for example how an imaginary task should be completed.
- The first attendee stays outside and is then joined by one more attendee, who listens to the message as it is being explained by the first attendee.
- This obviously continues until the message has been passed one by one to every attendee.
- Of course, during the process, attendees are not allowed to take notes as they listen to the message.
- The last attendee then writes the message received on a white board.
- Then the presenter reveals the original message on the whiteboard.
You can guarantee the first and last version will be very different. Often the key point in the original message has disappeared.
A variant of the game is to ask...Sign up

Demonstration of Listening and Distortion
ENROM NGWENYA, South Africa, Member
This exercise also demonstrates another aspect when it comes to active listening: the distortion of the actual message as it passes from a send...Sign up

Demonstrating Active Listening and Distortion
It is true. Disturbance or noise in communication is always an inherent phenomena.
Actually, in its infancy, e-mail was believed to be ab...Sign up

Ensuring Clarity of the Message and Avoiding Distortion
Dr. Alan Williams, Professor, Thailand, Member
A few years back I helped a company to install an annual process to cascade business goals, actually part of their performance management system.
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Why Listening is Difficult?
abraham garshong
Why is (good, active) listening so difficult? May be it is because it comes along with an immense benefit. Good habits are usually difficult to acquir...Sign up

Causes for Distortion of a Message
Dr. Alan Williams, Professor, Thailand, Member
@ENROM NGWENYA: I agree this does happen. It can be inadvertently. Or intentional to deliberately derail objectives...Sign up


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