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Perceptions and Opinions

by Rodney White on 07/01/17


The first thing that we must do is to define the differences;

Perception is a 'Noun' that means, "the way we see things" (Our point of view)

Opinion is also a 'Noun 'which means "a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge."

The difference between Perception and Opinion is similar to the old question of what comes first; the chicken or the egg?  Unlike the chicken vs. the egg question, perception vs. opinion has an order as defined in the definitions above.

Our opinions are shaped by our perceptions.   Simply put our judgments are a product of how we see things.  Since each of us is driven by our own senses, our judgments are equally as singular.  It is this singularity that makes communication virtually impossible.

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

--George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw’s take is quite interesting because it points to the responsibility on all sides to ensure what is communicated includes what was meant as well as what was understood.

Zig Ziglar often told a story about an older couple who had been married for years.  The parable starts like this:

An old man and old woman have been married for forty years. They love each other in every way. The years have been kind to them and between them; except there was a hidden resentment.

For their entire marriage, the man had always given his wife the heel of every bread loaf. Whether it was a sandwich, garlic bread, or just bread fresh from the oven, she always got the heel.

"Why can't I ever have the soft middle of the bread?" she'd stew. "Why does he always keep the best part for himself?"

After 40 years, one day she couldn't stand it anymore.  As he served her a sandwich made from store-bought bread, there was the heel as the top of her sandwich.

"Why do you always do this?" she cried. "I hate the heel.  I like the soft part!  I've only eaten it all these years to make you happy. Why can't you ever take the heel to show you love me?!"  "I've always given it to you," the man said softly, "because it's my favorite part."

How sad; their perceptions were not the same and each made a judgment and took actions that did not have the intended consequences.  In his perception he assumed she knew the heel was his favorite and therefore had appreciated his gesture for all of those years.  She felt that what he did showed a lack of love for her. 

How many times does something similar happen to all of us during the course of our lives?  How often do we allow our perceptions to drive our opinions and both drive our perspective? 

When we learn this basic tenant of communication, and accept the responsibility that the intended message has been received, communication will improve.  The bottom line is that we must accept the old axiom to "always try and look at the situation from the other person's point of view."  It is when perspectives (views) change that our attitudes and opinions (judgments) also change.

Rod the Storyteller 

Excerpt from "They Call Me Pops"

by Rodney White on 06/11/17

“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.”

- Sylvester Stallone, actor


My son began playing football in the second grade.  During those little league years, they played both sides of the ball.  (Offense and Defense)  I even helped coach for several years.  He played football in middle school, high school, and ultimately received a scholarship to play in college. He graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis Indiana. Chris had always dreamed of playing professional football.  As a matter of fact, there were a couple of agents that wanted him to use their services.  Chris chose Anthony W. Simpson to represent him.

It was exciting for his mom and I to be included in the process.  Through his agent; talks began with the Washington Redskins and even a brief conversation with the Indianapolis Colts.  As it turned out Chris was not signed by the NFL.  He did, however, sign a contract to play professionally for the Iowa Barnstormers Arena Football League!  The Barnstormers offered him a contract to play in the final 2 weeks of the 2011 season.  

The rest of this story was exciting, fun and down right incredible!  "They Call Me Pops" will be released in a few short weeks!


Rod the Storyteller

Where do great stories come from?

by Rodney White on 05/17/17

Storytelling requires that we go deep inside of our hearts, our minds and our souls; once there we simply need to use the power within and boldly share our stories. 

In other words, simply tell the story that is in your heart and it will be heard by many.


Storyteller  


  

 

A Force of Nature - Are you the best in your field?

by Rodney White on 09/21/16

Continuing the series on my favorite quotes, I will give you valuable information designed to help you succeed; no matter your field or endeavor.    


"I've known lots of people that are talented and nothing happens. It's not about talent, it's relentless drive."

~Julie Brown~

This quote from Julie Brown is absolutely 'on point!'  Let me explain.  When you become an uber focused force of nature, nothing will deter you from achieving your goals and objectives!  As pointed out by Julie Brown, that uber focus must be backed by a relentless pursuit of the actions needed to succeed.

For example you simply need to;  compute your goals for the entire year.  Next decide on what action plans you would need to put into place in order to achieve all of your (an entire years worth) goals in a single month.  

I know it may seem absurd but please bare with me.  Remember, I began with telling you it takes an uber focus backed by relentless pursuit?  
I will guarantee you that if you approach the necessary action steps in this fashion, by the end of the year you will be at the top of your field!

Uber focus and relentless pursuit!  Go forth and be successful!

Rod The Storyteller

 

My favorite quotes series

by Rodney White on 08/10/16

I will be writing a series of my favorite quotes and many of them will of course include the benefits of storytelling.  Some of the tips/quotes will come from my latest book "Sales Secrets of the Left Eye" and some will come from my Power of Story workshop!  Please enjoy the short story below!


By the way, the next Power of Story workshop is Saturday August 20th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Go to the Power of Story tab to register.

Rod The Storyteller

"Engage your audience by selling stories. Begin the story even before doing introductions and use this to get their attention and take full control. What kind of story should you tell?  The best stories are stories that your prospect can relate to. Tell a story about one of your customers who had a big problem and how they solved it by working with you.  Make the story engaging by telling it in vivid detail-who was effected by the problem, how it was impacting them, and how did the solution change all of this?

Take your feature benefit points and weave them into the story.  They will have ten times the `impact and will be remembered when delivered this way."

~Shamus Brown

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