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Example 1: A long and hard climb to a summit

Initial situation: The way up is strenuous with over 1000 metres of altitude gain and the weather leaves much to be desired with constant rain.

Problem: Your legs hurt, the beautiful view is cancelled because of the weather, your mood is at its lowest. The obvious solution is to start back the way you came.

Change of perspective:

– If it rains now, it will probably be cloudless up there later

– The pain in the legs shows that it’s a good workout

– There are fewer people on the trail and it’s not as crowded because of the bad weather

– Rain is relatively good weather, as there are no forecasts for thunderstorms or hail

– I need less water because it is not so hot

– The air is fresh

– I finally have the possibility to test my equipment in the rain

– I don’t have to use sunscreen all the time

– The rain helps me to concentrate on my thoughts

– …

 

 

 

 

Example 2: An important presentation in the office

Initial situation: An crucial slide is missing from an important presentation.

You were responsible for creating it. The obvious solution is to cover up the mistake.

Change of perspective:

– The client does not know that an important slide is missing.

– The absence of the slide allows you to better present the important point.

– The change from presentation to free speech or to a flipchart provides variety

– The change will be surprising and thus increase the attention of the audience to the most important point.

– The mistake allows you to practice your improvisation skills.

– The mistake will allow you to compare your presentation with previous ones.

– The mistake allows you to redesign the slide afterwards with customer feedback and send it out for the first time.

– …

 

It’s all a question of perspective

I hope I could give you an impression of the power of perspective shifts. They are one of my favourite tools for coaching and can be applied to almost any problem.

I look forward to hearing about your experiences with perspective shifts.

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