“People need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed.”
“I already know that.”
“I have seen this material before.”
“There is nothing new in this presentation.”
How many times have you uttered these words, or heard them spoken during a presentation. We think that because we have heard it before that we know it. Even if you do know it, are you acting differently because of the knowledge or, do you know it but don’t do it.
Lewis is absolutely correct that we need to be reminded more than instructed. There has not been an original thought in about two hundred years. What is original is the interpretation, application, packaging, marketing aand deliver of information, knowledge, wisdom, strategies and tactics. The reality is that we all need to be reminded repeatedly before the information sticks and we need to continually remind ourselves to apply the information.
It is easy to say, “I know that, I have heard this all before.”
It is harder to ask the tough questions of yourself:
- Do I really know this, or it is something I have heard, but not actually learned?
- If I know this, am I living it?
- If I know this but am not living it, what changes do I need to make?
Instead of the attitude of, “I know this already.” take the attitude of, “This was an excellent reminder of what I need to do.”
Most of us know what to do, we just don’t do it. We all need to be reminded, more than we need to be instructed.
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