How We Read Other People’s Emotions – and Why It Matters

How We Read Other People’s Emotions – and Why It Matters

We humans read each others’ emotions with great enthusiasm.  Not a lot of accuracy, as anyone who has ever been annoyed by the question, “What’s the matter?” can attest.  If you answer, “Nothing, that’s just my face,” people strangely assume that they’re correct and you are grumpy. But we do this because we care, enormously, […]

Three ways the relationship with your audience starts before you walk on stage

Most speakers think that their job begins when they get on stage and open their mouths to utter their first words.  Most discussions of how to start a speech begin there – obviously enough – with the first words you say. But in truth, your relationship begins well before that.  There’s your introduction, which sets […]

The Fourth Step to Brain Mastery

The fourth step to brain mastery comes straight out of science fiction.  In his classic sci-fi novel Dune, Frank Herbert shows us a powerful family communicating their intent with secret hand signals and controlling less dominant individuals with the Voice, a mysterious way of speaking that bends others to their will. Here’s the surprising truth:  […]

The Third Step to Brain Mastery

The third step in brain mastery involves learning how to read the body language of others around you. There is a huge body of misinformation that has built up around reading body language.   The research approach for most of the last 40 years studied gestures as if they had specific meaning.  In other words, if […]

The Second Step to Brain Mastery

The second step to brain mastery and powerful communication follows directly on from the first.  Now that you’ve taken inventory of your gestures, it’s time to learn to control and shape them. Here’s the surprise:  once you take charge of your own gestures with the right techniques, you’ll be well on the way to controlling […]