Let me reveal to you a successful way to get people’s attention, even if their minds are preoccupied by many important matters. Would you wish to know?
But you can only be let in this secret in my next blog post.
For most people, they will react to the above with impatience, because we have just used one of the secrets to get the attention of people.
You see, every one of us at any moment is absorbed with our own thoughts (be it planning to do something, worry about something, finding solution to something etc).
This applies even to people who are reading a blog post or in a conversation or sitting there doing nothing.
They may physically be there but their mind is off to somewhere.
Therefore, getting people’s attention to what you are saying/writing is important. It is the first step to an effective communication.
Some authors called these “in a trance”, which is quite accurate. Trance is a state where your mind is absorbed in certain things.
Another word that describes this is Pre-occupied.
What you need is their attention out of the dozen things that are competing for their attention.
Only when they are focusing on what you are presenting, you are as good as not presenting at all.
They may not remember or only have only a vague memory of what you have said or done if they are attention-deficit towards you.
How then do you jolt them out of the trance?
One great technique that you can use is what I call the jigsaw puzzle. You give pieces of the complete picture. People will be curious to find out more.
This is especially so for the things they are interested in.
It is a fact that the human mind (the larger subconscious) likes the unknown. If the mind knew the whole picture, it will lose interest quickly unless there are more things to unfold before them.
Therefore giving bits of information would entice people quite effectively.
Have you seen movie trailer? This is an example of giving out some “exciting information” to get your attention.
Our mind is always trying to make sense of the world around us. By having a little data, this would trigger its curiosity to find data to complete the picture.
If the mind could not find the data, it will use its imagination faculty to imagine what is the missing thing.
Either way, whether you get people to think, imagine or look for something, you have gotten their attention.
You would have succeeded. But of course that is only the first step.
However without that first step, the outcome that you desire may not even be fruitful.