5-Minute Diagnostic.


Using the Brain in Communication –

 What’s Important for Me?


5-Minute Diagnostic 


This tool will help you to quickly identify the areas of most importance to you when communicating information – whether it’s to your clients, customers or colleagues. Please print the diagnostic tool.

Answer each question by grading 1,2,3,4
(1 – disagree completely to 4 – agree completely) 

If you wish to 'tick' the grading system, please print the diagnostic.

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1.  You are not sure people are always interested in what is being communicated.     
2.  Sometimes the information you have to convey could be described as 'dull'.
3.  What you have to get across to others is highly technical.     
4.  You don’t have a MASTER plan to design presentations/workshops etc.     
5.  You have to prepare presentations when you know nothing about the audience.     
6.  You are sometimes given information and just asked to present it.     
7.  You think that everyone else learns in the same way as you.     
8.  You believe that if you say something enough it will stick.     
9.  You have to prepare information for people with diverse needs.     
10. You’d like to know more about the different preferences for absorbing information.     
11. You know little about how the brain processes complex information.     
12. You would like to know how to set up an engaging environment.     
13. You need people to remember the information you convey.     
14. People forget what has been communicated to them.      
15. You are sure there must be a way of testing people’s knowledge – but don’t know the best way to do it.
16. You don’t know if your communications enhance your credibility.     
17. You never involve your audience during your talks.     
18. You use a print out of your slides as a handout in presentations etc.     
19. You have very little time to prepare to deliver information.     
20. You only use mind maps occasionally or not at all.     
21. You know your audience is sceptical or has a limited attention span.     
22. There is too much information and too little time to cover it.     
23. You struggle to stay awake during presentations/workshops.     
24. Other people fall asleep during your presentations/workshops.     
25. You’ve never had any training on sharing information effectively.     
26. You know there must be something better than PowerPoint to get your message across.


There is no overall rating. Where you have ticked 1 or 2, this indicates aspects of communication with which you are more comfortable. Where you have ticked  3 or 4, this indicates aspects of communication which which you may be less comfortable.


Now you know what some of the challenges are in communicating successfully,
you can decide what is important for you.

If you’re keen to discover how you can communicate more effectively,
and reach out to more people, by keeping the brain in mind,
we’d be delighted to help.
Please email or call us for a free 15 minute consultation.


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