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I Colour I Listen

I Colour I Listen

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Published by Dr John Kenworthy
Develop your active listening skills.
Develop your active listening skills.

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Published by: Dr John Kenworthy on Oct 30, 2010
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GAINMORE™ Advantage Coaching Template
Copyright Dr. John Kenworthy © 2010 all rights reserved
This template may be us ed by certified and regis tered GAI NMORE™ Advantage Coach es only or by Coaches in training
under s upervision.
Us e by any other pers on is a violation of our I ntellectual Prop erty
I Colour I Listen
Using the I Colour I Listen Template
Find someone to work with on this activity to start with. When
practiced it becomes a normal part of your routine.
Take notes of VAK (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic) words,
Key-words or phrases used by the other person and ignores
(as much as you can) content. The conversation should last
no more than 5 minutes.
Ask open questions and practice your active listening skills
- paraphrasing, clarifying, reflecting, linking, summarising,
encouraging. Commence by asking the other person to relate
a story about their last holiday (or some other significant
recent event that is personal but not too personal).
The other person responds as themselves.
After about 4 minutes, you should wrap-up the conversation
Questions to ask each other “How do you feel about the
“What VAK words were most used?”
Change roles if appropriate.
One tip to help you pay greater attention to any other
person. Look them in the eye and make a note (mental or
real) of their eye colour. By the way, „Brown‟ or „Blue‟ is not
the answer… what shade of brown? How bright? Different
flecks of colour.
This not only ensures that you make eye contact, you attune
yourself to the detail.

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