Attentionology Power Play – Personalize Communications

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

Use Attentionology Power Plays to get what you want!

It’s Barbara here, The Lovable Poet, a “wordsmith” ready to help you…

What’s your goal?

Trying to “sell” kids on staying focused and on task in class?

Working to advance your career?

Strategizing to boost sales of a product or service in a field other than education?

Whatever you’re aiming to achieve, you need to catch and keep people’s attention! In a world full of distractions you need the benefit of extra tools and tricks to get and stay noticed.

Put today’s Attentionology Power Play to work for you…


What’s better? Personalized “care” from service providers or impersonal responses to your needs?

The answer’s a “no-brainer!” Just think of totally automated phone systems.  Yuk!

On the phone, online Skyping, talking in person – whatever the method used – the most productive, enduring, motivating and rewarding communications between people are personalized.

Personalized communications foster permanent, positive connections with customers – a key factor in setting goals and getting what you want.

In School? Your students are your primary “customers,” even though we usually don’t use that term in educational communities.

When working with a student one-on-one or with the whole class, offer this personal expression of interest…Say “I thought of you ___________ (fill in when – yesterday, early this morning, etc.) because I ________________________________________” (fill in the action that occurred, causing your thought(s) about the person(s). For example, you  could say, “I saw a new book about Space Travel and I know you love “stuff” about Space” or you could say, “I found a cool new book about Space that I think we’ll enjoy including in our upcoming Science Unit. I like new discoveries!”

In an Office? Surprise co-workers at the start of a meeting by saying, “I thought of you yesterday at the market when I saw the new chocolate candy we were chatting about at lunch. Yes, I ‘caved;’ I bought a bag; it’s here. Let’s pass it around right now before we pick up the agenda.” 

Keep my Attentionology Power Plays “in your pocket” every day!

Barbara ♥ The Lovable Poet

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
Quick tips for common classroom conundrums: K-5
Situation: Young students are getting noisy while you’re trying to teach.

Solution: Hold up "Listen Star," a toy magic wand that you’ve designated to be a cue for quiet. Tell the class, "When you see our friend, 'Listen Star' dance across the classroom sky, that’s your signal to HUSH for a moment."

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