Where is My Mind?

How to Manage Mental Suspenders

Have you ever asked, "Where is my mind?"

Have you ever

  • been reading and not registering any of the words?
  • found your mind off topic for what’s going on.
  • day dreamed when you needed to be concentrating?
  • found it hard to focus?
  • Is there ever a good time to not be focused?

The answer to the question, "Where is my mind?" is found in mental suspenders.

This is important to know both as a speaker and as a listener.

As a public speaker, your audience may fall victim to the mental suspenders. Even worse, they may not even want to know the answer to the where is my mind question.

As a listener, the other vital part of communication, you may find your own mind suspended at some point. More importantly, you may want it to be suspended.

    Mental Suspenders

    What are the suspenders?

    How can you overcome mental suspenders?

    How can you use them to solve problems?

    Read on to find the answers to these problems and challenges related to the question of where is my mind.

    When are you are driving a car, when are you most likely to experience the 'where is my mind' day dream? A long and tedious drive rather than during a constant stop and go and heavy traffic congestion.

    The long tedious drive wins all the time.

    What happens if all of a sudden on this long drive you see a police car with light flashing ahead and auto break lights. It’s time to put the daydream on hold. The caution lights in the brain are flashing now.

    What if it is not a flashing police car but rather you’re going down a highway at full speed and the sign says, 'School Zone.' Assuming you didn’t day dream past it, what is going to go on in your mind?

    Your mind will be thinking what is a school doing on the freeway? You probably won’t believe it or think it is a hoax.

    Put that same sign (the one you thought to be a hoax) on a long windy country road and you will once again have the caution lights on in your brain.

    To keep the brain engaged during the delivery of your public speech, include some yield, school zone, and even an occasional stop sign. If you do this your audience will never be at the beach while you’re giving your lecture.

    More importantly, if you lecture at 55 Miles Per Hour and occasionally go 75 MPH, be assured your effectively overloading the minds of the audience. You are at risk of suspending the right brain. The answer to where is my mind will be, "At the beach."

    If you throw a School Zone sign in for good measure, if anyone notices it which they are unlikely to even notice if they are at the beach, it will not be believed. Even worse, you will be disrupting their beach time.

How do you include Slow Zone, Yield, and even Stop signs?

  • Questions (You can ask for a response by show of hands)
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Argumentation where you argue for your own proposition.
  • Dilemmas, also a form of argumentation.
  • Bold Statements
  • To work as a slow or even a stop sign, they need to not only create a pause in the thought. They need to have a pause for the audience to take pause.

    You need to just not say a word. If it is too hard to hear the sound of silence as a speaker, intersperse the silence with a rhetorical, "What do you think?" then another pause followed by a, "Hmmmm?"

    The best way to handle it however is a painfully long pause where you say nothing. This will bring them back from or keep them from going to the beach.

    Is there ever a good time to go to the beach mentally? Is there ever a good time to say, "Where is my mind?"

    Actually, the answer is yes and if used properly, it can be a great way to solve problems.

Dreaming, the Ultimate Suspender

    Dream states allow the Left brain to rest. Dreams allow for the right to problem solve and manage any damage from the day before. Dreams are necessary for mental health.

  • Would you like to be able to recall your dreams?
  • Did you know it is possible to use dreams for problem solving?
  • Would you like to know how to use dreams increase your waking efficiency?
  • Do you know how to change bad dreams into good ones?

    You will never have to say, "Where is my mind?" if you ...

Dream Management Learn how to manage what you dream.

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