There’s a newsletter I enjoy reading and it contains valuable information I can often use immediately.
Picture this… The email newsletter shows up I click on the “read me” link. I’m taken over to a new page … with nothing on it. Huh? OK, it had something on it, a “<Play>” button. Now I’m starting to get irritated, I’m pushed for time, I don’t want to play “find the freaking facts!”
So I push the button and after what seemed an eternity (maybe 2 seconds… I told you I was in a hurry) a voice started speaking. I know the voice, I like the guy, his stuff is good but here’s the part that really drives me bonkers – he speaks at a measured pace. Aagh!
Darn it, now I’m locked into absorbing his valuable information at the speed of my buddies voice — which I do enjoy listening to — just NOT when I’m in a hurry, and not when I want the information NOW!
Glaciers Move Faster…
Most of us speak quite slowly, we digest words at the rate of a few hundred a minute. Glacial time in comparison to the speed at which I *READ*. These days I can visually absorb information at one heck of a pace – I’ve learned to do so from necessity – and I want the information ‘in my head as fast as humanly possible’ so I can use it now.
When I want to curl up with a good book, I do. When I want to listen to an audio cast, I do. Now is NOT the time 🙁
Being given valuable information in an AUDIO ONLY format has totally cheesed me off, now I have to go elsewhere to get what I want… And did I mention I was in a hurry?
And the point of all this?
Don’t overlook the fact each of us likes to ‘consume’ ideas and information in different ways, I’m mostly visual with auditory as back up. Some folks are primarily auditory and experiential (they like to touch and experience the moment) and then there are a few poor souls who experience the world from a smell and taste perspective – but we won’t worry about them shall we *smile*
Remember most of us can read a heck of a lot faster than we can listen, and people are asked each day to make many decisions about how to spend their precious time – Don’t force them to spend it at 120 words per minute… Give them a choice.