How to make sure people hear what you say with REPLAY

use the Replay to help people listen and hear what you say

How to make sure people hear what you say is something that comes up a lot with the leaders we mentor and work with. So how do you do it?

Do people actually listen to and understand what you say? Research suggests that most people remember between 25 and 50 percent of what they hear, so if you want to lead effectively, you need to find a way to help people actively listen so that they take in more information.

Here’s an example: I’d been talking with a client about how she was going to break some difficult news to her team. She’d planned a meeting to go through the rationale, explain why it was happening, the wider context, the uncertainty.

The question, she asked me, is how to ensure that everyone both listens, and hears the same thing?

The idea we came up with was to split her group of fifteen people into groups of three and ask them to replay to each other what she had just said.

When they’d all had five to ten minutes to talk about what she had said, each group of people would play it back to the room, and we would see how much consensus there was.

What we discovered is that within each group of three, they all heard different things.

Most people had been listening and had mostly got it, but three key members of staff had got it completely wrong.

What was interesting was that the group self-corrected and helped each other work out what had been said.

Through doing the exercise everyone learned something about listening, and about how people perceive things differently.

This technique short-circuited the problems of people not hearing what you say.

At the end of the Replay exercise, everyone was really clear, and they could all move forward knowing they were on the same page.

It’s simple to run a Replay exercise yourself. If you’d like help devising ways to improve your own leadership, please get in touch.

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