Every week, the Thurston Chamber’s Young Professionals meet at the Hotel RL Olympia to dive deep into discussion topics led by a rotating moderator. Over the past year, topics have ranged from, “Does a business need a website in the age of social media?” to “Dressing for success.” Each week the group looks forward to discussing a new topic and this week was no different.
by Michael White, Altman Insurance Agency
On Monday, Oct. 24, the Young Professionals group met at Hotel RL where Trevor Altman, of Altman Audio, led a SMART Talk about perception. The purpose was to better understand perception by talking about where an individual’s perception comes from, how it impacts decision making, and how to influence perception. Perception is how an individual views reality and can be shaped by outside influences such as other individuals, religion, life experiences and a wide array of varying circumstances.
Next, someone posed an interesting question, “Can someone’s perception be wrong?”
Ashley Worth from South Sound Bank believed, differently than some in the group, stating “another person’s perception absolutely cannot be wrong.” A few people brought up the idea that many times conclusions are either right or wrong, however, Ashley explained “A person’s perception wouldn’t be wrong even if their conclusion is wrong.” As Jaron Banks said “A much better question is can a person’s assessment be wrong?”
People strive to make right decisions based on their perception of the world. Rather than spending time arguing about specific conclusions, spend more time understanding other views, reasons behind different conclusions, be willing to listen to others, and most of all be respectful of differing views. Don’t rush to call someone wrong, instead be willing to influence their perspective by sharing personal experiences. Don’t try to change anyone’s conclusion, instead, move to influence their perception.
Join us Mondays at noon in the Hotel RL dining area for our next discussion!