Prove it to me
How often do we go into a decision making process pre-convinced of the outcome? And, when we do that, how is the outcome affected? It cannot be nothing.
As soon as I hear the catchphrase “prove it to me” I smile. The person has already decided the outcome and now the task of the educator is a magnitude more difficult.
While I am good at offering advice I am as guilty as the next for uttering those very words. So…I have decided to do my best to change my initial reaction from “oh yeah? Prove it to me” to “ok, tell me more”.
It may not be much but sometimes a simple change in mindset can make all the difference in the world.
“Oh yeah? Prove it to me.”
“Tell me more!”
I like this post from Paul, so here it is, without my further commenting.
I was honored to be a participant on TAS Editor Robert Harley’s panel, Legends. To sit amongst audio luminaries Richard Vandersteen, Bob Stuart, and John Curl was a real treat. And fun too.
One of the audience questions was a great one. “What magic words can I use to help friends understand we can hear more than we can measure?”
If someone has their mind made up about anything—politics, religion, human measurement vs. machine measurement—you’ll not change their mind one whit.
But that doesn’t mean it’s hopeless.
We learn when desire and curiosity are at their peak. Even the most ardent measurementist will grow curious when she hears an extraordinary sound system beyond expectations. She will want to know why, and that’s when learning can occur.
Be generous sharing your system with neighbors, friends, family and coworkers. Expect nothing in return but perhaps a smile.
Every once in a while your generosity will be rewarded with a question—a thirst for knowledge—inspired by the experience.
That’s when the miracle of change happens.
Be gentle; be kind; be generous.