Why People Don't Hear You

Have you ever conducted a meeting, taught a class, or socialized with a group?

That’s an easy “yes,” right?

Now, have you presented something to them, or just had a conversation, and then when you talk to some of them later, it’s like they heard something completely different than what you said?

It’s like they weren’t even present.

Why does that happen?

Why can a group of people sharing the same experience come away with entirely different interpretations of what was said, taught, or discussed?

Most people I’ve spoken to about this will tell you that the other person wasn’t listening.

But what if I told you it was more than that?

See, as human beings, we are all meaning-making creatures.

We make meaning through our interaction with the environment and experiences.