Anyone who knows me, knows I have a fascination with how people understand and interpret things (as well as swimming!) so I couldn't help but write this post!
Standing at the back of a fitness class I started observing others members in the class - mainly because I couldn't see the instructor (because I was hidden at the back). The class was a Body Pump class, if you've never been, it's structured around lifting weights to music - it's much more fun than it sounds, and burns loads of calories (i.e. cake!)
Anyway, I could hear the instructor, so had a good idea of which lift I was supposed to be doing and to what beat, but because I couldn’t see him I was watching some of the other members. It was really fascinating to see quite a few of them either not doing the right lift, or being totally out of time with the music.
When you have “Thunder” by AC/DC blasting out, it seems, to me, quite easy to lift with the beat - it’s not a subtle beat by any means, yet some of the class members clearly weren’t hearing what the rest of us were. Some people it seems had their own tune in their minds and it certainly didn’t correlate to what I was hearing.
I’m not saying that I should now go and profile every member of my Body Pump class, but what I am saying is that in all walks of life - whether in business or leisure - people simply hear things differently to you.
So bear that in mind before you jump down someone's throat about something they’ve said, or done. Or before you complain about someone at work - just consider that what they heard may be completely different to what you heard.
And if you ever see me dancing around - don’t laugh, I just hear somethings completely different to you :)