Tappers & Listeners Syndrome

Tappers & Listeners Syndrome - BlueIcyMind

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In 1990, a psychology student at Stanford University, conducted an interesting experiment. It was referred to as the "Tappers & Listeners" experiment. The rest of the world first heard of it when the authors Chip and Dan Heath started talking about in public.

For her PhD dissertation, Elizabeth Newton invited her peers in college to participate in the study. Each student was assigned one of two roles: 'Tapper' or 'Listener'. The tappers were given a list of twenty-five popular tunes, such as "Happy Birthday to you" and "Jingle Bells". They had to tap out the tune with their fingers on a table, and the listeners had to guess the song. As you might have guessed, this was not an easy task at all. Of the hundred and twenty times a tune was tapped, the listener could guess the tune correctly only thrice. That's a success rate of about 2.5%.

But here's the interesting bit. Before the tappers began to tap the tune, Elizabeth asked them to predict the probability of the listeners being able to guess the song correctly. The tappers predicted a 50% chance that they would be able to get the listeners to guess the tune correctly.
So while they thought that they would be able to get the listeners to guess correctly one out of two times, the reality was that listeners could guess the tune only once in forty attempts. How come?

Well, here's what was happening. As the tapper taps the tune, he can hear the song playing in his head His fingers seem to be tapping the tune in perfect sync with what's playing in his head. And he just can't understand what the listener is not able to pick up such a simple tune!
And what about the listener? Well, she doesn't have the tune playing in her head, without which, she has no idea what's happening. She tries as hard as can to make sense of the bizarre Morse-code like tapping that she hears. Alas, to no avail. This results in utter frustration.

As leaders, we often fall into the tapper's trap! We give instructions which seem very clear in our heads but our colleagues may have no idea what we want them to do. Has it happened to you that you called a young trainee to do some work, and when she got back the next day - having slogged all night to finish the task - you were disappointed? She hadn't quiet done what you were looking for. You probably felt a bit frustrated too, that she 'didn't quiet get it.'
The next time that happens, do remember that the problem is with the tapper - not the listener. Because you knew what you wanted to get done, you assumed it was clear to the young trainee too. That is seldom the case.

The next time you are communicating with a colleague, think about the "Tappers & Listeners" experiment. And remember, what's obvious to you may not be so to the other person. When the listener says he doesn't get it, that's not a signal to get irritated. It's probably telling you to put yourself in the other person's shoes, and try and be more explicit. Don't assume that knowledge levels are the same.

One more thing,
Tapping harder or Tapping repeatedly won't make it any easier for the Listener!

Keep Smiling
:-) :-)

Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Basic PC Shortcut keys:

Shortcut keys help provide an easier and usually quicker method of navigating and executing commands in computer software programs.

Below is a list of some of the most commonly used basic short cut keys that work with almost all IBM compatible computers and software programs. It is highly recommended that all users keep a good reference of these shortcut keys or try to memorize them. Doing so will dramatically increase your productivity.

Short cut Keys
Alt + F
File menu options in current program.
Alt + E
Edit options in current program.
Alt + Tab
Switch between open programs.
Universal Help in almost every Windows program.
Rename a selected file.
Refresh the current program window.
Ctrl + N
Create a new, blank document in some software programs.
Ctrl + O
Open a file in current software program.
Ctrl + A
Select all text.
Ctrl + B
Change selected text to be Bold.
Ctrl + I
Change selected text to be in Italics.
Ctrl + U
Change selected text to be Underlined.
Ctrl + F
Open find window for current document or window.
Ctrl + S
Save current document file.
Ctrl + X
Cut selected item.
Shift + Del
Cut selected item.
Ctrl + C
Copy selected item.
Ctrl + Ins
Copy selected item
Ctrl + V
Shift + Ins
Ctrl + K
Insert hyperlink for selected text.
Ctrl + P
Print the current page or document.
Goes to beginning of current line.
Ctrl + Home
Goes to beginning of document.
Goes to end of current line.
Ctrl + End
Goes to end of document.
Shift + Home
Highlights from current position to beginning of line.
Shift + End
Highlights from current position to end of line.
Ctrl + Left arrow
Moves one word to the left at a time.
Ctrl + Right arrow
Moves one word to the right at a time.
Ctrl + Esc
Opens the START menu.
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Opens Windows Task Manager.
Alt + F4
Close the currently active program.
Alt + Enter
Open the Properties for the selected item (file, folder, shortcut, etc.).

Try working with this Short Cut keys on Keyboard and m,ake your self Mouse Free atleast for sometime.

ShortCut keys

Source: Computerhope.com

Keyboard Shortcut Keys To Use On Facebook

The following are the lists of shortcut keys can be used on Facebook, using various browser's

Keyboard Shortcut Keys To Use on Facebook

***Note: The shortcut keys only work with the numbers on the top of your keyboard, and not the numpad.

Facebook Shortcuts For Use on Internet Explorer And Chrome Browser: 

Shortcut Keys
View your News Feed.
View your own Profile.
View pop-up of friend requests.
View pop-up of messages.
View pop-up of notifications.
View Account Settings.
View Privacy Settings.
View Facebook’s own profile.
Read latest Terms of Service agreement.
Compose a new message.

Facebook Shortcuts For Use on Firefox Browser:

Shortcut Keys
View your News Feed.
View your own Profile.
View pop-up of friend requests.
View pop-up of messages.
View pop-up of notifications.
View Account Settings.
View Privacy Settings.
View Facebook’s own profile.
Read latest Terms of Service agreement.
Compose a new message.

***Note: The above shortcut keys only work with the numbers on the top of your keyboard, not the number pad.


Ritual of Radiant Living

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*Extract from the Book "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari" by Robin Sharma

The Value of Human Life

A man went to God and asked, "What's the value of life?"

God gave him one stone and said, "Find out the value of this stone, but don't sell it."

The man took the stone to an Orange Seller and asked him what it's cost would be.

The Orange Seller saw the shiny stone and said, "You can take 12 oranges and give me the stone."

The man apologized and said that the God has asked him not to sell it.

He went ahead and found a vegetable seller. "What could be the value of this stone?" he asked the vegetable seller. The seller saw the shiny stone and said, "Take one sack of potatoes and give me the stone."

The man again apologized and said he can't sell it.

Further ahead, he went into a jewellery shop and asked the value of the stone.

The jeweller saw the stone under a lens and said, "I'll give you 50 Lakhs for this stone." When the man shook his head, the jeweller said, "Alright, alright, take 2 crores, but give me the stone."

The man explained that he can't sell the stone. Further ahead, the man saw a precious stone's shop and asked the seller the value of this stone.


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