How To Have A Beautiful Mind

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How To Have A Beautiful Mind

  1. 2. How To Have A Beautiful Mind
  2. 3. Millions software for computers Software for the human brain
  3. 5. Great physical beauty with a boring mind is boring You might get attention but will never keep that attention Older, physical will fade Beauty of Mind is independent of age Can actually increase with wisdom and experience
  4. 6. Ways? <ul><li>How To Agree </li></ul><ul><li>How To Disagree </li></ul><ul><li>How To Listen </li></ul><ul><li>How To Differ </li></ul><ul><li>How To Respond </li></ul>
  5. 7. How To Agree
  6. 8. Genuinely seek to find points of agreement – not sycophantic pretence No contribution if you simply agree with everything Other person view right – spell it out Changing perceptions to look at things in different way is an important step
  7. 10. Do not disagree for the sake of disagreeing Do not disagree just to show how clever you are or to boost your ego Do so politely and gently /= rudely and aggressively Distinguish between having a different opinion and disagreeing with an opinion Point out that a fact or statement is simply wrong
  8. 11. How To
  9. 12. Listening is not just having to wait impatiently until you can yourself speak A good listener pays attention and seeks to get the maximum value You should make a habit of repeating back to the speaker what you think you have understood You should use question to check on fact
  10. 13. How To Differ
  11. 14. There are times when only one of a different set of opinions can be right Seek to explore and explain the reasons for the difference Different may arise from: - Personal preference, values, point of view - Perception, personal experience
  12. 15. How To Respond
  13. 16. Go further than just agreeing with a point that has been made You may wish to extend a suggestion by enlarging it and growing the suggestion You may want to modify an idea to make it more acceptable to yourself, stronger and more practical Instead of the usual ‘battle’ of arguments there is a joint effort to explore the subject
  14. 17. Additional <ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Concept </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Emotion And Feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Information and Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude </li></ul>
  15. 19. Questions are key means of interaction in any conversation or discussion. A listener should seek to ask question
  16. 20. Concept
  17. 21. Concepts are like parents that breed children ( ideas ) and like road junctions that open up several other roads
  18. 22. Alternatives
  19. 23. Because we have an adequate ways of doing something does not mean that there might not be a much better way. If we try we can find that better way
  20. 24. Emotion And Feeling
  21. 25. Adjectives are usually subjective and tell more about what their user is feeling than about the matter itself . Beware of adjectives used to make a point in place of logic or information Ultimately, choices and decisions are based on emotions and feelings
  22. 26. Information And Knowledge
  23. 27. You do not need full and complete information about a subject in order to discuss that subject Very little information?? Imagination and speculation is the basis for discussion
  24. 31. Credit <ul><li>Pictures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Random Google Search </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Book: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How To Have A Beautiful Mind by Edward de Bono </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quotes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainyquotes.com </li></ul></ul>

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