When was the last time you could not find your phone? (about 10 minutes ago when I started writing this blog)
When did you ask yourself, “Did I lock the car?” (a couple of days ago when I went grocery shopping)
When did you wonder, “Did I RSVP to that zoom event?” (let me check past emails…I’ll get back to you)
Autopilot vs. Observational Awareness
You are not going nuts (nor am I!). Experts say you don’t recall doing these day-to-day tasks because you do them on autopilot while multi-tasking.
Conversely, Observational Awareness means being present, mindful and focused on what you’re doing.
How increasing Your Observational Awareness Can Improve Your Communication Skills
Do you think you also put your communication skills on autopilot while multi-tasking? Do a quick check – how much do you remember about yesterday’s conversations with your Project Managers/board members/spouse/kids?
Ways to Increase your communication Observational Awareness:
- Listen more than you talk
- Ask questions
- Be mindful
- Stay focused – try not to multi-task
- Take notes if possible – or add the info later on whatever system works for you
Benefits of heightened Observational Awareness:
- Saves you time
- Increases your knowledge of others
- Creates a more accurate picture of shared comprehension
- Heightens your ability to understand the communication nuances – what’s really going on
The fact that you communicate digitally, informally, and maybe even formally every day means that you might be on autopilot.
- Be more observationally aware of what you are saying and what you are hearing.
- AND try to remember where you put your phone.
© 2021 Karen Cortell Reisman, All rights reserved
Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 2 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, #AlbertEinstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.
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