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3 little words | think, feel, do

This blog started out with the intention of describing how these 3 little words can make a huge difference in designing and executing training programs, coaching sessions and consultations, but I decided to Google these magic words and was amazed to find such an abundance and variety of uses for them. Below is a beginning list of how think, feel, do can be used. There must be something quite essential to it: head, heart and body; thoughts, emotions and action:

A marketing/sales/advertising architecture
A campaign or change effort strategy
A therapeutic intervention
An acting technique
An approach to conflict management
A model of employee engagement
An approach to innovation
A method for product development
A child rearing and parenting approach

Here is a simple example from a self-development use of think, feel, do!
Message concept: Build self-efficacy
Key message: You have the ability to be more active
Think objective: I can do this — I’ll start small
Feel objective: Confidence and excitement
Do objective: Go for a 10-minute walk that day

These 3 little words did not capture my attention when one of my clients mentioned them several years ago. But since then, I’ve been discovering them to be useful and even profound. Here are just some examples:

Contract think, feel, do with clients
For training events and programs, consultations, or coaching engagements
Ask clients this: “As a result of the program (consultation or coaching engagement) what are you hoping you will think, feel and do?”

Program design
For use in designing the whole program or even the subparts of it
Ask yourself and your client this: “As a result of the program (consultation or coaching engagement) what are we intending for participants to think, feel and do?”

Program presentations
Use as a substitute for objectives and learning outcomes
Participants expect objectives, so formulating them in terms of think, feel, do is both helpful so they understand the program’s purpose, but also because it sets the expectation that this program is not just a knowledge or information experience. All three centers will be tapped.

Here are some examples from a recent program where think, feel, do is interwoven:

An Advanced Enneagram one-day program with an application to influence
THINK
To know more about yourself, your type, the other 8 types, and your authority and influencing ability
FEEL
To engage more of your emotional capacity in order to expand your EQ/SI (social intelligence) and your ability to influence others effectively
DO
To develop skills that allow you to access more of yourself and your inner authority in order to enhance your ability to influence others

A subtypes section of a program
THINK
To understand the 9 emotional habits (passions) of each type and the 3 basic human instincts in order to identify your subtype (and also confirm your type)
FEEL
To recognize and experience your own emotional patterns and instinct(s) that are part of your type and your subtype
DO
To learn ways to use your subtype behavior for your own growth and development

A section of a program specifically on authority, power and influence
THINK
To understand the difference between authority, power and influence and how authority and influence relate to type
FEEL
To experience emotionally what it is like to authorize and de-authorize yourself and also to step into your authority
DO
To learn skills that enhance your authority and ability to effectively influence others

So never underestimate the use and power of these 3 little words!

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