Distraction as a Powerful Tool

Distraction as a Powerful Tool

It amazes me how our perspectives change with the situation we are in. I lived this experience having read the buzz by the great writer Sarah Elkins on beBee and titled "Distraction Can Be the Perfect Gift". In this buzz Sarah explains how to distract purposefully children in restaurants by handing to them interesting coloring materials so that they don't disturb others. Sarah concludes with stating that "With children and adults,Β this tool can be used to de-escalate a situation and to disarm an angry customer or employee.Β Watch people for signs of boredom or frustration. Be prepared with a distraction or two; I always have treats at my desk like chocolate or pretzels. Offering a snack, water, or coffee, can be just enough of an interruption to change the direction and tone of a conversation. Who knows? Maybe a coloring book sitting on the table in your office would offer a good and humorous distraction"?

The background image of Sarah's post is interesting. I re-use it here mixed with the skin of zebra.

Distraction as a Powerful Tool

Zebra disrupts enemies by having chaotic skin stripe patterns to confuse predators. I discussed this issue in a SlideShare presentation title "Disruption as a Survival Strategy". I wonder if the stripes on the ice cream are disrupting the mouths from eating it. In my example disruption is a "diverging force" or tool. In opposite; in Sarah's example disruption is a "converging force". It is interesting how putting the same force in different needs change their role from pushing to pulling and from diverging to converging.

http://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/disruption-as-a-survival-strategy

I also recall my other slideshare presentation on "Disruption Is the New Habit". This presentation shows our tendency to go for more distractions. One example is the mobile phone. You see friends sitting together and each one is busy looking at the mobile scrolling it fast to catch news or info. Not only they are distracted by mobile phone; they are even themselves distracted by the rapidity of the flow of info and hardly finding the time to focus on any bit of info.

http://www.slideshare.net/hudali15/distraction-is-the-new-habit-51632865

Disruption is a negative word and Sarah managed to turn the negative into positive. This is genuine creativity. Successful businesses are those who shall be able to turn the disrupting habits of customers into positive outcomes.

Your comments are highly welcome


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Thank you Elena Gabor for your feedback and sharing. I am grateful to you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
I affinitize with your comment 100% Alan Geller

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Your comment dear Sara Jacobovici is exactly the motive that drove me to write this buzz. I am very glad you saw this drive very wisely

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Your comment hits the nail on its head dear Anees Zaidi. You are correct

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
May be then this buzz fits in the Paradox Hive Sara Jacobovici

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
I honestly believe Javier C\u00e1mara Rica. This is a merit beBee should brag about

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
You opened a new window for dealing with distraction positively dear Sarah Elkins. Thanks are due to you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Sarah Elkins and Sarah Elkins to enrich my life with solidthinking. Keep inspiring us, dear Sarah

Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

5 years ago #13

#21
Perfectly said, Sara Jacobovici, thank you for the clarification.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #12

"It is interesting how putting the same force in different needs change their role from pushing to pulling and from diverging to converging." Great line Ali Anani. What a concept; the same force used in different needs changes their role. This is such a powerful reinforcer of how we can't apply the same strategies in the same way no matter the individual context. Thanks Dr. Ali for another very thought provoking piece.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #11

#14
If I understand you correctly Sarah Elkins, there seems to be an intent to move attention away from something when in the process of distraction but we can not forget to return to the original place now that our attention is better engaged.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #10

#8
Your comment Laura Mikolaitis makes me think of differentiating distraction from disconnecting. The reason I say that is because, even before the experience of technological development we have today, distraction has been used since the dawn of time as a "defense mechanism"; as a way of coping. Whereas some of the technological devices we have today which are meant to connect people are paradoxically leading to a disconnect.

Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

5 years ago #9

I'm honored to have triggered this post with my thoughts on distraction. Nice work putting another spin on it, Ali Anani.

Sarah Elkins

Sarah Elkins

5 years ago #8

I'm honored, Ali Anani. The lesson on distraction, I think, is intention. If we are being distracted by our phones, we have to choose that distraction and be intentional about how we use it. When I speak of distraction in terms of de-escalating an uncomfortable situation, I'm speaking of very intentional distraction, with an end in mind. It's also important to know when to bring the conversation back on-topic so it doesn't look like evasion!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Laura Mikolaitis to share my joy.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Laura Mikolaitis- proceeding there now because it smelled fragrance in your previous comment Talk later, then.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Laura Mikolaitis- I am truly in love with your comment. I like the highlighting the polarity of distraction and I fully agree. I don't disagree on the mobile issue at all. In fact my two embed presentations in the post support what you say 100%. I dare say your comment is " the beauty of a smile or the smell of a fragrant flower:. Do you write poetry, Laura?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
debasish majumder- even your comments are poetic dear debasish. You wrote "intention and aspiration. disruption bears innovation in its fetus too". This is creative poetry and love the metaphor. May be a new poem is coming!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
debasish majumderbasish. You wrote "intention and aspiration. disruption bears innovation in its fetus too". This is creative poetry and love the metaphor. May be a new poem is coming!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Dear @Anees Zaid- thank you for your sharing and I am in anticipation of your will be a rewarding comment. For now, I give you one example on ow I turned the negative to positive. A newspaper had the name of a city and was distributed free. People linked the name of the newspaper to their city and objected that the city was "distributed" free. I added the following "The City newspaper is free... it is too dear to be sold". That changed everything.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you dear Catalina Serrano for your sharing

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