In a previous post I talked about the communication and behaviour model, it looks at how we process information through our values, beliefs etc. Another part to this process is how we process information that comes in, this is the step before we can decide if we are convinced.
Think of all those times your partner (or friends) asked where you want to go to dinner….. Do you talk it out with them, or think it through and give them an answer?
This is the information processing filter, it is how we process information that we need to make a decision on. It will be one of two things, an internal process or an external process.
The trick is to give people you are communicating with the chance to process things their way, not yours.
The scenario might go like this, I am at work and I am asked to make a decision on how long it will take to produce a report on a project that has just been finished. Before I give my answer I am given the morning to go away and come up with how long I think it will take me.
I personally go and talk to as many experts on the project as possible, as I have a external information processing filter.
What about you, do you:
Go and talk with someone before you provide your response (external); or
Take some time to think about it and come up with an answer (internal).
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PS. What’s the one thing you don’t do, that would cause the most positive change in your life?