Spellbound

Written by Steve Davis


Spellbound Recognizerepparttar power ofrepparttar 109407 container, context, and expectations.

I receivedrepparttar 109408 following paragraph in an emailrepparttar 109409 other day. Please read it first, then we'll talk about it...

According to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredrrepparttar 109410 ltteers in a wrod are,repparttar 109411 olny iprmoetnt tihng is tahtrepparttar 109412 frist and lsat ltteer be atrepparttar 109413 rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseaerepparttar 109414 huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, butrepparttar 109415 wrod as a wlohe.

Interesting isn't it? What's it got to do with facilitation? Good question. My commitment to write and publish useful content on this subject every week is a strong inspiration for me to look for connections anywhere and everywhere. Fortunately, with everything inrepparttar 109416 universe ultimately connected, you can always find them. Here's what I see.

The paragraph I ask you to read above has three striking characteristics that I believe are connected to facilitation and how groups function.

1) Each word inrepparttar 109417 paragraph is contained in a consensual manner. By that I mean,repparttar 109418 first and last letter of each word are "correct." By correct, I mean that each of us who can readrepparttar 109419 English language and can spell, agree onrepparttar 109420 the proper characters that begin and end each word. Without that agreement,repparttar 109421 words would be unintelligible.

2) The words form a coherent paragraph that define a clear context. Ifrepparttar 109422 words were randomly joined without conveying something that made sense, it would become gibberish. Consider this sentence:

Wrod rset porbelm tihs taht iprmoetnt frist is ltteer berepparttar 109423 wouthit mses huamn bcuseae lteter.

This is a random selection of some ofrepparttar 109424 same words inrepparttar 109425 above paragraph that aren't arranged to convey any meaning. Withoutrepparttar 109426 context of coherent speech, it's far more difficult to decipherrepparttar 109427 meaning ofrepparttar 109428 individual words.

3) We all experience life through filters. Declaring expectations is like "tuning your filters" to my particular station. In this case, I set up an expectation that you might learn something from reading this paragraph. If you were to have found it in your email without an explanation inrepparttar 109429 midst of a seemingly normal message, you might not have given it enough consideration to figure out it's meaning.

You're A Mathematical Genius, You Know!

Written by Murdo Macleod


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You're A Mathematical Genius, You Know!

(c) Copyright 2003 by Murdo Macleod

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This may come as a surprise to you.

Butrepparttar truth is, you really are good at mathematics.

You see, every day you solve complex problems by breaking them down into tiny little "baby steps".

And just likerepparttar 109406 world's most powerful computer orrepparttar 109407 greatest ever mathematical prodigy, it's this step-by-step process that enables you to do practically anything.

Let's see this process in action with a couple of examples:

* * * Example 1 - Calculatingrepparttar 109408 Dreaded Sales Tax

The sales tax rate varies aroundrepparttar 109409 world, but here inrepparttar 109410 UK it's 17.5%. Urgh! What kind of figure is that?

Let's look at it again and see how we can tamerepparttar 109411 beast by breaking it down.

17.5

It consists of 10, plus 5 plus 2.5, doesn't it?

And those numbers form a distinct sequence. In other words... "10, plus half, plus half again".

Now that we know this, we can do something really clever...

Suppose you want to calculate 17.5% of 40 UK pounds. How would you work this out? (Stop! Don't even think of reaching for that calculator!)

Start withrepparttar 109412 10. 10% of 40 is 4. Add half (2) and half again (1) and you get 7.

So you proudly announce to your colleagues... "So by adding 17.5% sales tax to our 40 product,repparttar 109413 total retail price will be... 47."

They look on amazed.

Let's take another example and show how simple math really is...

* * * Example 2 - Help your daughter with her homework.

You arrive home and your daughter needs some help with her math assignment. It's those darn fractions again.

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