Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Our Bain RAS System

To be able to communicate, we need to connect with other people. The challenge is that there are so many things that can get in the way of your message reaching the other person as intended.

One of the areas is the filtering system in our brains. Everything that comes to us through our senses, example sight, hearing etc, goes through the R.A.S (Reticular Activating System).

The R.A.S basically opens up and says; is this important or a potential danger to me. If the answer is no to each question, it closes down and filters away the information. So a majority of what is around us is ignored by or brain.

This means that both you and the other party that you are trying to communicate with are missing what could be vital information that is being sent back and forth. We then make judgments and assumptions based on this partial information.

When you learn how to notice more and make more informed decision, it increases credibility, understanding, profit and give you and edge in business and life.

One way to start to notice more is to be in the now, to pay close attention to what the other person is saying without distractions. This tells your R.A.S that what the other person is saying is important, and then more of the information gets through for you to make a decision on.

Another way is to develop your listening skills so that you can know how to listen on several levels. Most people do not listen fully to the person they are talking to. Many are also thinking of what they want to say next, or of what they need to do later and then try to fill in the blanks of what the other person said.

See if you can’t realize the benefits and profitability of learning receiving more of the message being sent.

In the mean time start to notice what your level of attention has been so that you have a starting point to grow and measure from.
Take Care,
Maria

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