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Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Comings and Goings

You all know the saying 'you never get a second chance to make a first impression' and 'last impressions last'. I thought I would say something about beginnings and endings e.g. when you start a new job or a new training session. At a conference I went to Creatifica (www.creatifica.com) talked about good gestalts and bad gestalts. Basically, the concept is that memories are stored like strings of pearls, a new memory being added to a string that goes back to the first memory. So, chances are that if you start well you that is likely to be stored as a good memory and the next meeting will link back to that memory and build on this as a string of good memories ie a good gestalt. We all know what happens if you have a bad memory - further events will be linked back to that bad memory ie a bad gestalt. In terms of ending, I know that we all like to feel indispensable and that people need us but I would say that a good aim in training would be to leave people less dependent on you than they were before!

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