I spent six months rethinking and redesigning my theory until I finally had a version of the study that would work. I wanted to identify the most useful behaviours someone could apply when they stood up to speak, to increase their influence. If we could find evidence that certain behaviours gained a better response than others, then I knew we could teach those behaviours to help people boost their confidence along with the impact of their words and ideas.
Muhammad Ali could predict the future. Well, almost. His ability to visualise the outcome he wanted from each of his fights and then have it happen was so spot-on that bookies pleaded with him to stop announcing his intentions in public because they were losing so much money. Imagine what you could do with that level of future accuracy in the key moments of your career.
You’ve heard the phrase “death by PowerPoint.” Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself, sitting in a meeting and watching a bunch of slides that made you lose the will to live. How did slides become so bad that we’re killing people with them? There’s a better way to connect with one another and it entails turning off the projector. If the very thought of giving up the screen for your presentation makes your entire body seize up, don’t panic — you’re not alone.
You may have noticed the BBC news article that showed a photo of Home Secretary Sajid Javid in a supposed ‘power pose’. People have suggested he was trying (and failing) to look commanding. Although reporters at the scene confessed he was not standing in that position (he was actually just mid-stride, turning to have his photo taken) this has sparked a debate about people using a wide stance in business and politics.
That title is an old joke about the difficulties of writing a novel – that the book often has a beginning, a muddle and an end. You’ve probably sat through meetings or presentations that feel the same way; good start, liked how it finished (everyone loves the end of a meeting), not really sure what we did in the middle.
You may have been watching the recent US Presidential debates in disbelief, wondering "why are they trading insults and not talking about the issues!" They certainly seem to be more heated and personal than ever before. I've been talking to the BBC, on TV and radio, about the language used and the communication styles, so I thought you may want to take a look at the clips. You can view and listen to the clips if you click on this article.
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