We all have biases. For and against things. We make assumptions based on those biases, and we make decisions based on what we think we know to be true.
I’ve found that a simple, one-word question, answered as completely as possible, can help prevent us from making those mistakes.
And I can tell you, using that process is how I built my business (and why some people make vicious fun of me).
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I agree completely that we all have biases, no matter how vehemently some may deny it. It’s human, flawed yes, but human.
I have made it a personal “challenge” to step back and examine why I have visceral reactions to moments, people and things. Quite often that “and” approach can be very illuminating.
Learning to question, rather than simply decide based on bias and incomplete information can have a profound effect on your understanding and acceptance of differing opinions, lifestyles, cultures etc.
I have just subscribed to your YouTube channel, and…
One of the biases I have is, in fact, based upon one of your main precepts, David. I have a bias toward what works for me. I know that your mantra is, “Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.”
That means it is sometimes difficult for me to change my way of doing things. When I do it’s only after exhaustive research and trial.
This does not mean I am not open to new things—this is a fast changing world and our business changes even faster. It’s just that new things come quickly but also sometimes go even more quickly. However, I’ll do my best to incorporate a new word into my vocabulary for action, and…
I honestly don’t know what I am biased about – however I will pay closer attention.
First, I love these videos. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us.
Second, I LOVE your ACX Masterclass process. It makes so much sense and makes everything so much easier and faster.
Regarding bias, this isn’t about my personal bias (though no doubt I have them), but about what potential clients who are specifying a particular ethnic voice — African American woman, Asian woman, etc. I’ve seen quite a few of these the last few months and it puzzles me. Amongst my friends there is virtually no difference in how the African American women sound or the Asian women. They are Americans. Any different sound or accent is from the region in which they live. Am I missing something? Is there a different element to a diversity voices.
About the example of the resume with different names, I wonder how many of those who looked as the ethnic names shied away simply because they were afraid to mispronounce it? We do tend to drift toward the familiar in our lives and even unusual spellings could give pause …. for example Kaley is a familiar name, but how a out Kalei or Kaylee. Would an experiment with a simple spelling change have netted similar results?
Sorry, I’m too stream of consciousness today. More coffee needed.