Mind Your Language
Welcome Knowing Me Week 5! Knowing your language preferences is a key part of knowing yourself. Have you ever listened and wondered why certain words mean more or less to you?
The language that you use and like can tell you a lot about how you perceive and react to your environment. This usage has been affected by our culture and our upbringing (see this fascinating BBC article to know more on this)
Our journey of self-discovery continues this week with an exercise to look at the words we like and might use to express our feelings. Find a quiet space with a pen and paper and join me.
|If you are here for the first time and wonder what its all about, you can find out here. You can follow the exercises of being a blob, meeting your future self in a dream, considered your role models and now its time for meta programmes! What? Read on..|
READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST
- Read the 21 sentences below and mark 7 that appeal most to you. Try to do this as swiftly and fluidly as possible so you tap into your learnt intuition.
- Once you have marked them look to the table below and mark the table with your 7 preferences.
- You will then be able to see HOW MANY As, Bs, or Cs you have
|1||The tinkle of the wind chimes tells me that the breeze is still rustling outside.|
|2||All dressed up and ready to go out she was a vision of glowing confidence|
|3||The sounds soared throughout the room, while the rhythms echoed in their heads|
|4||The house seemed to sigh as she turned off the light and felt the crisp sheet rustle|
|5||As I ran, I could feel the breeze on my back. My feet pounded along the path.|
|6||On a cold night, I like to relax by a warm fire in comfortable room with a cup of smooth, warm cocoa|
|7||In the long distance I can hear the whistle of the train.|
|8||The panorama of the green countryside stretched out clearly below us in the bright sparkling sun|
|9||There were flashes in the night sky as they drove north on the clear road|
|10||After a lot of revision she felt she grasped the essentials of her work and could get a grip on her responsibilities|
|11||She was bitterly disappointed by losing this opportunity and felt she had been punched in the stomach|
|12||The shadows danced on the wall as she went up the stairs with the candle|
|13||The crowd cheered with a thunderous applause as the artist entered|
|14||With constant practice he was able to put pressure on his fitness and gave a solid performance|
|15||The crowd of brightly coloured roses around her door always gave the house the appearance of a painting|
|16||I was very comfortable at work and felt I was on the same wavelength as others in my team|
|17||I want to create an atmosphere in which they feel free to think and feel and be anything they desire|
|18||The water in the meadow glistened in the autumn|
|19||I was alert to the change of his tone. The blood raced through my veins, and I felt prepared for a confrontation|
|20||It seems crystal clear that if we don’t take steps to save the environment the outlook may be uncertain|
|21||Their steps were pounding on the pavement as they made their way home as fast as possible|
Mainly As – indicates that you have a visual preference (seeing)
Mainly Bs – indicates and auditory preference (hearing)
Mainly Cs – indicates a kinaesthetic (or feeling) preference
Questions to ask yourself:
- What does this exercise tell you about the language you use?
- What does this exercise tell you about how you listen to others?
DID YOU NOTICE ANYTHING IN MY INSTRUCTIONS THAT MIGHT TELL YOU SOMETHING ABOUT ME?…
When working with others and needing to build rapport sometimes this is increased to great effect by noticing their sensory preference.
Have fun on this exploration! Nothing is right or wrong, better or worse – although we may feel it to be so. A key part of becoming self-aware is to think about how you respond in certain contexts. Consider others you work or live with, notice their language. Does it shed light on why you might find it easier to persuade some people more than others?
If this or other exercises have provoked some questions. To find out more about coaching CONTACT ME and we can discuss your ideas.
Please let me know how you got on or improvements you would make. See you next week!