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Friday, March 18, 2011

Hey Dr. Nick! or The Lizard Brain and Public Speaking

Hey everybody! Dr. Nick Morgan is a renowned expert on public speaking who writes for Forbes. In the clip below he shares why you're wrong. About communication, that is. The video is about 10 minutes long and it's worth watching, not only for the informative content, but also to see how he engages a group in a conversational manner while still being the expert up front.

Essentially he points out that we have millions of subconscious neurons for every conscious neuron firing so our subconscious brain is far more active and powerful than our conscious. The application to speaking and presenting is that you can't possibly hope to hold everything in your conscious brain and you have no hope of contradicting what your subconscious brain says with your conscious words. Body language will trump verbal language every time they are in disagreement. That makes our task to align our conscious with our subconscious so that they say the same thing and amplify our message.

How would you do that?

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