How to Reprogram Your Brain and Gut for Excellence

How to Reprogram Your Brain and Gut for Excellence

The human body is an assemblage of systems that have a surprising degree of autonomy from one another, and that are all busy managing various aspects of our mental and physical lives. Nonetheless, they do communicate with one another, and that’s why the human assemblage works pretty well most of the time. Except when we’re […]

Do Your Gut Feelings Help You as a Speaker?

Do Your Gut Feelings Help You as a Speaker?

The story goes that when George Soros, the hedge fund bazillionaire, was still a fund manager, he would monitor his backaches and use them as a sign that there was something wrong with his portfolio. What are gut feelings? Are they real or imagined? And for public speakers – should gut feelings guide your performance […]

How Posture Affects Public Speaking Success

How Posture Affects Public Speaking Success

Most of the research on posture and public speaking has focused on two aspects of body language that seem to offer opportunities for improvement with relatively little work. First of all, there’s all the study of what Amy Cuddy calls “power poses.” The idea is to stand up straight, or to take up more space […]

Why Speakers Need to Reign in Their Unconscious Minds

As I discussed last time, the reality is that your conscious mind is beset by essentially random directives from your unconscious mind, some of which help you succeed in your larger purposes in life and most of which don’t.  For public speakers, to avoid this trap, you first need to learn to visualize success.  And […]

Why Visualization Matters for Speakers

A recent study by cognitive neuroscientists at the University of Oslo found that imagining a series of images produced the same physiological responses as actually looking at the images. That’s why visualization matters for speakers.  You need to imagine yourself succeeding.  In terms of your brain, it’s virtually the same thing as actually doing it.  […]

7 Communications Questions Leaders Need to Ask Themselves

As a sneak preview for my upcoming book Power Cues:  The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, here are the seven questions I argue leaders — or anyone who wants to communicate powerfully — need to ask themselves in order to stop leaving their communications to chance and to start […]