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Your Brain’s “Law of Large Numbers”

Those educated in statistics are familiar with the law of large numbers: the larger the sample size (or the greater the number of trials run), the closer the sample’s mean gets to that of the overall population. In brain science there’s a completely unrelated law of large numbers, and it’s this: the larger the number, […]

“How did he come up with that?” The Key to Creativity

Recently I was building a sales pitch for a corporate client where one of the important concepts was “Visibility is critical to your business.” The team brainstormed a bit on how to convince audiences of this idea through a powerful illustration. It was fun, and we came up with various possible analogies involving magnifying glasses or foggy days […]

How to Write a Conference Speaking or Session Proposal that Gets Chosen Every Time

You want to speak more about your great idea. You’ve even found a great conference that’s a great match for your goals. You excitedly await the day the “call for speakers” comes… and then you have no idea how to turn your great idea into a great session proposal. Greeeeeeeat. Now what? Actually, it’s pretty […]

Killing Three Birds With One Stone

In our workshop, we teach that if you understand and align with how the human brain processes information, you can vastly improve the effectiveness of your communications and the engagement of your audience. Typically when I teach this, I offer 3 different ways to build audience engagement. But I read something recently that beautifully pulled together […]

This Week in Insights: Week of September 21

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Tamsen Webster shares the best trick for natural delivery: marking up your script. FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS America’s top fears: Public speaking, heights and bugs The Persuasive Power of Repeated Falsehoods [Use only for good!] The Smartest Ways to Network at a Party Here’s What the White House’s […]

This Week in Insights: Week of September 14

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Tim Pollard gives us his favorite Einstein (and Einstein-esque) quotes, and how to use them in your presentations. FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS If you find teleprompters useful (and not a path to woodenness…) check out this new voice-based teleprompter app 7 presentation tips from the 2015 world champion […]

This Week in Insights: Week of September 7

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Eli Murphy deconstructs Nilofer Merchant’s TED Talk, “Got a Meeting? Take a Walk,” and talks about the power of a problem-based opening statement. FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS What’s one simple technique to make your talks better? The Epiphora. The mysterious origins of punctuation. 13 stats that should terrify […]

This Week in Insights: Week of August 31

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Tim Pollard talks about the danger of “insider language” in your presentations and sales messages. FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS 10 popular grammar myths debunked by a Harvard linguist Do you have aphantasia? Some in your audience might… Many psychology findings not as strong as claimed, study says Another week, […]

This Week in Insights: Week of August 17

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Tim Pollard shares how to slim down your presentation…and still have all the detail you could ever need. FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS PR pro, entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker Peter Shankman tells you how to send an email and guarantee it will be read The One Trait That […]

This Week in Insights: Week of August 10

ON THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS BLOG: Thinking of banning PowerPoint (or any slides) at your company? Eli Murphy discusses why banning PowerPoint doesn’t solve the real problem.   FROM OUR TWITTER AND LINKEDIN FEEDS Scientists now combine light and sound to reveal the brain 15 meeting etiquette rules every professional needs to know [infographic] For the #SwipeFile: […]

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