Ever feel a thrill when you see someone act with courage or compassion? Psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls that feeling “elevation,” and his studies of it may provide a key to understanding what inspires people to do good.
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.
Power has a sound, and feeling powerful actually changes a person’s voice.
That is one finding of a new study on speech and power from San Diego State University and Columbia Business School, recently published in the journal Psychological Science. The findings suggest that we know power when we hear it, and what’s more, we tend to alter our voices to seem more potent, says lead researcher Sei Jin Ko of San Diego State University.
Executives, political leaders and aspirants to power often employ voice coaching to sound commanding–Margaret Thatcher’s well-documented voice training is just one example. But much about voice and power is unintentional, says Ko. Depending on the situation and whether we are addressing a child, boss or friend, our voices subtly shift in pitch, loudness and tone, she adds.
No one understands as I do the inherent difficulty in changing old and persistent habits. But habits begin to change when we begin to change our perceptions.
Most of us don’t experience a cataclysmic transformation. No, for most of us change comes as an evolutionary process of almost imperceptible changes. We just keep nudging ourselves in the right direction, forming one or two better habits.
But what really makes us sit up and take notice? What really causes us to shed our old habits and take action?
If you’ve read various leadership forums, you’re probably familiar with the concept of control versus influence. Controlling and authoritative personalities in management motivate employees to act, but it’s usually out of fear or requirement — neither of which produce ... Read More
People often think of one great strategy or compelling argument as an effective means of persuasion. In actuality, persuasion of any import is rarely accomplished by a single argument. If that were the case, persuasion would look much like the diagram below, where A is the starting point and C ...