Listening Skill and Rules Of Future Forecasting

 

 

Segment 1:  Listening Skills

Listening is just, if not more important, than speaking.  To re-learn the skill of listening, try these exercises.

  • Close your eyes and listen to the TV.  What do you hear?  What do you hear that you normally wouldn’t notice if you were watching?
  • Get away from the noise and re-adjust your personal noise filters
  • Listen with your eyes.  What for the visual clues such as hand movement and body language
  • In meetings, learn to talk less
  • Practice interviewing and facilitating conversations of others
  • Record and take notes in a meeting.  Re-listen to the recording.  What did you miss?
  • Eavesdrop on a conversation.  What did you hear that showed good or poor listening skills?
  • Final ‘model’ listeners.  Ask them how they do it?
  • Teach your kids how to listen.

Segment 2:  Rules of Future Forcasting

Based on the rules shared by Paul Saffo with the Institute of the Futures.

  • Rule 1: Know when not to make a forecast
  • Rule 2: Overnight successes come out of twenty years of failure
  • Rule 3: Look back twice as far as forward
  • Rule 4: Hunt for weak signals
  • Rule 5: Be indifferent
  • Rule 6: Tell a story
  • Rule 7: Prove yourself wrong

Segment 3:  Killer Question Of The Week

Segment 4: Closing Thoughts

“You can either take action or you can hang back and hope for a miracle.  Miracles are great but they are so unpredictable.”

Pater Druker

Music: provided by Luigi Cappel.  The name of the song is “Telephone Card

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