location_city Ottawa, Ontario schedule Nov 21st 03:00 - 03:45 PM EDT place Leadership and people (Agile Pain Relief Room)

In this interactive session, we’ll explore how each of us views the world differently and how our perception is shaped by everything we've previously experienced. Through magic, illusions, and an interactive exercise, Jeff reveals the ways our perceptions and biases influence our reality and how our individual realities are unique.

Discovering your distinct personal perspective by understanding how biases impact how we make sense of the world around us, we can learn to better understand others. We can gain insights which inform our interactions with customers, colleagues, and competitors.

You'll leave this session with an appreciation for working with others, and approaches to team problem solving in our complex world. No magic spells required.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

This session will include multiple magic tricks/illusions to illustrate a few common biases and perceptions people hold. Each trick will be connected to one (or two) of these, illustrating how the magic works and is able to fool the audience, and how this applies when working in teams, or with people in general.

Without giving away the magic tricks performed, a rough timeline is as follows:

  • 10 mins: provide the framework of the talk; intro to perception through audience exercises
  • 25 mins: biases, perceptions, demonstrated through magic, and connected to work & people
  • 10 mins: participant exercise
  • 10 mins: connection to the start of the talk, additional bias/perception through magic
  • 5 mins: question, answer, discussion

Please note: this can be easily adapted to a 45-minute session, as required to fit in the program.

Learning Outcome

By being aware, and talking about common biases and perceptions we have, we are in a better position to identify our own blind spots, helping us with our interactions with others. In addition, participants will gain an appreciation of the motivations of others when interacting with them. 

Target Audience

This interactive talk and workshop is appropriate for anyone & everyone who has to interact, work with, talk to, collaborate, or compete, with other people.

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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