I was reading an article earlier with tips for travellers and my eye went straight to the headline above. I was intrigued.
It was written by a member of air crew who spend their lives in hotel rooms, mostly one night at a time.
So why should you leave a shoe in your safe?
Well, just before I reveal all, let me ask you a question…….How good is your memory?
Most of us think we have excellent recall, often to the extent of not making any notes at the time.
It’s only a few weeks later when we try and remember a session or meeting and, like the proverbial brick wall, its gone!!
Professor Hermann Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist was the first person to describe the learning curve way back in the early 1880’s. Put simply (and quite shockingly), he discovered that we forget 58% of what we hear within 20 minutes of hearing it!
So here is the challenge for you (and your audiences) – whilst we think we can retain lots of information, it’s just not true.
So help your colleagues.
Distil your messages into potentially only three (the Power of Three) clear simple messages that they can digest, support these with visual stories that make recall fun, and increase your reputation as a great communicator.
Oh, yes – why leave the shoe in the Hotel safe?
It’s very hard to walk out with only one on, so makes you remember to clear the safe of those precious belongings….
Things to help us remember can be useful after all
Jon Hammond is one of Europe’s leading coaches in strategic and personal communication skills. His warm, experienced, encouraging approach coupled with effective tools tips and techniques have transformed even the most nervous communicators into world class leaders. He spent his early working life as a presenter for both BBC and commercial TV & radio and still speaks at and hosts large scale live events with audiences up to 50,000. www.jon-hammond.com