Everyone processes information differently. This demonstrates how we can hear the same thing, but think something different. It shows just how difficult it is to achieve crystal clear communication.
How are your drawing skills… want to try out a simple idea?
Hand the piece of paper and pen (or pencil) to the person you’re speaking to.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an artist for this… you just have to listen carefully… please draw a circle.
They will do so.
Good job… now on top of that, draw a square.
Wait for them to draw it.
Good, now on top of that, draw a triangle.
They will complete their drawing.
They should be happy with the feedback and ready for the reveal. Take the piece of paper and run through your commands again.
But what I asked was for you to please draw a circle…
Draw your own circle alongside theirs.
On top of that, draw a square.
Reveal where your perceptions have differed… draw the square directly above, on top of the circle - not over the circle.
Now on top of that draw a triangle
Complete the drawing with your triangle directly north of, above the square - so all shapes are stacked like a totem pole and not directly on top of one another.
This should at least get a smile.
Such a simple task, with different outcomes.
Some extra lines you can try
- Who’s right and who’s wrong?
- So next time you disagree with a colleague, consider that you both could be right.
- Next time you argue with your husband or wife, remember that you both might be right.
- One man’s geometric shape tower is another man’s geometric shape soup.
Doodle a simple art gallery frame around both drawings.
I call this piece, ‘Everyone has a different point of view’.