Meeting Summaries


In September, our speaker Kimberly Overton, Chief Resource Prosecutor for the NC Conference of District Attorneys was a refreshing start for our new year.  Her topic, “Hear Me Now and Remember What I Said” was well received by all attendees.  Kimberly gave us a few exercises to do to help us take a deeper dive into how each of us receives information.  Our thinking styles are broken down into four quadrants (A, B, C, D):  A- Logical, B – Organized, C-Interpersonal, and D-Imaginative. 

An example of the Quadrant A person would be Mr. Spock or the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.  These people are analytical, mathematical, technical and problem solving.  They are concrete thinkers, logical and precise.  A few things quadrant A people like is putting things together, making things work, and especially cost analysis.  Their communication preference is to get to the point, like to work alone, numbers and data.  What they dislike is being disturbed and listening on tape and they struggle with expressing emotions and vague or imprecise concepts.

Quadrant B person would be a cop/military person or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  They are linear, organized, consistent, timely, and always follow the rules.  They love working in groups, planning things out, details, and a clear beginning, middle and end.  They dislike ambiguities, risk, and unclear expectations.

Quadrant C person would be a Mother Teresa or the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.  They tend to be emotional and make decisions because they want to, rather than because they should.  They are also pleasers, good listeners, and team players.  Group discussions and activities is a preferred way of communicating and they very much dislike lectures, data, list, and analysis. 

The Quadrant D person is a Winston Churchill or the Lion from the Wizard of Oz.  This is the smallest group in America and they are leaders, big picture thinkers, aggressive, spontaneous and fun.  They prefer overview, hands on experience, and the freedom to explore.  They dislike structure, deadlines, list, lectures, and details. 

Kimberly also explored how people learn.  Some learn through visual: diagrams, charts or taking notes.  Others may learn through auditory: lectures, oral reports or good old conversation.  Lastly, some learn through movement, role paying, or hands on experience which are tactile. 

In conclusion, Kimberly gave us a lot of information but one important thing that I took away was, we recall what we hear first and last so take advantage of the opportunity to go first or last when presenting and be careful when to place the most important information when speaking.  

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