The ability to politely and effectively close a cycle of
communication is a skill that more people need to become adept at.
Closure is the ability to acknowledge the other person, say "thank
to the other person or confirm that what was said was understood.
Closure is the final step in any segment or cycle of communication.
You have experienced communication that did not "end." Someone walked
out of a room, hung up the phone, switched subjects in mid-conversation
without explaining why, etc.
When complete cycles of communication are not accomplished, it
leaves the person with tremendous frustration and often anger. You can
always be certain to have closure in communication by acknowledging
that you have heard and understood what a person has said to you. It is
not necessary to agree with someone if you are not prepared to. It is
necessary to close each cycle of communication.
Tape record the following Image-Creation to experience a
presentation or speech you will make, in advance. Listen to the
Image-Creation before making your presentation.
Image-Creation # 6
An Award Winning Speech
Find a quiet and calm environment. Sit or lay down in a
Close your eyes and take a deep breath and release it.
Go out into the future and imagine a time when someone asks
you to come and give a speech on the secrets of success as you
know them and have applied them in your life to get where
you are at this future stage of your life.
As you give this speech, listen to the applause. Notice the
smiling faces in the audience. Carefully observe what the
members of your audience are wearing. What does the room
smell like? What is the temperature like in the room?
Listen to the sound of your voice as you speak.
Be certain that you are looking through your eyes as the
speaker as you give this speech.
As you close your speech, observe the audience give you a
standing ovation. Meet the people in the front row. Shake
their hands and thank them for caring so much about you and
what you had to say.
Confirm for the people you talk to after the speech that they
too can be successful if they will simply design their own life.
As you feel the most enthusiastic and exhilarated you may
return to now.
Take a few deep breaths and open your eyes when you are
Once your eyes are open, remember the most exciting and
exhilarating moment of the speech and squeeze your middle
finger. You are anchoring these feelings and this
accomplishment to your middle finger.
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