Say It 7 Times: The Power of Repetition
How many times do I have to tell you!? I’m sure you have heard this phrase, and maybe even used it before, especially if you’re a parent or a teacher.
However annoying it might be to repeat yourself, science shows it takes the average person 2-7 times to hear the same message before they take action.
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”
– Zig Ziglar
In a world bombarded with information, effectively communicating your message can be challenging. Whether you’re a teacher, parent, or just trying to communicate with those around you day-to-day, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of feeling misunderstood or unheard.
However, there’s a powerful tool at your disposal that can make a significant difference in how well your message resonates: repetition.
Keep reading to learn how to leverage this tool to be a better advocate for your peers.
The Secret Of Successful Leaders
Repetition is an essential tool for any leader to drive action and generate results. One study shows that managers who were deliberately repetitive moved their projects forward faster and more smoothly.
We look at you, WellStyles Champions, as the managers of your worksite wellness program and your project is to encourage your peers to participate in healthy behaviors.
To successfully communicate your message and drive action, rely on the power of repetition.
Three Ways to Channel the Power of Repetition
- Share your message in multiple ways. Repeating the same message in both written and verbal form is an essential part of an effective communication strategy. When you repeat key points, you reinforce them in the minds of your audience, making it more likely that they will remember and understand the message. We challenge you to find new and creative ways to share the same message with your peers.
- Here are a few ideas:
- Update a wellness board in a common area
- Leave program flyers at your coworkers’ desks
- Share digital flyers via email or your organization’s intranet
- Share relevant program resources and offerings in conversation with your peers
- Offer verbal reminders of upcoming events and challenges
- Here are a few ideas:
- Remind your peers of their success. Anytime you notice your peers making healthy changes, commend their efforts and remind them of their progress! Positive reinforcement is free, and can make a big impact on individual success. Be a continuous source of encouragement among your peers and watch their confidence and self-motivation improve over time and change their health.
- Lead by example, repeatedly. Reinforce your message of promoting health and wellness by taking advantage of all the resources available to you through the WellStyles program and then sharing them with your peers.
If you are a WellStyles Champion, we encourage you to take steps towards being a successful wellness leader by joining the upcoming Champion Check-In on September 6 at 4 p.m. We’ll chat about the importance of repetition and share tangible ways that you can use this tool. Join us to learn how to easily create a health-related message that will spring your peers into action! You can find the registration link on 1) the Champion Resource page or 2) within September’s The Champ newsletter.