Killer Conversation Starters We have talked a lot about the importance of having open and approachable body language at networking events or parties. Here is a quick reminder: Open torso with uncrossed armsHead and chest upShoulders pulled backMirroring other’s body languageSmile at people walking byAlways offer to shake hands 8 Good TED Talks to Help You With Public Speaking Anxiety (Infographic) January 22, 2017 Glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, is a common thing among a large number of adults. There are several reasons that factor in this phobia from social/psychological anxieties to speech pathologies. But regardless of what it is that makes some people shun away from facing an audience, glossophobia can be overcome through self-help (e.g reading books that tackle the problem, watching videos…etc), coaching, or even through direct assistance from professionals. In today’s post, we are sharing with you some excellent tips on how to overcome public speaking anxiety and deliver engaging talks.
How to Have Good Conversations with the Worst Kinds of People You’d think that some workplaces are exempt from power struggles, personality clashes, and interpersonal drama. Alas! I’m a psychologist who once naively believed that she had found one truly harmonious profession, only to completely rethink that notion just months into my practice. Having studied human behavior, I know that there are some approaches that are more productive than others when it comes to having a conversation with prickly characters. Here’s how to talk with four difficult characters that you’re likely to run into in your day-to-day, at work or in social settings.
Engaging With Contrary Evidence In researching how best to prepare students for new-media literacy, I’ve come across the term confirmation bias—the tendency that all human beings share to search for or interpret information in a way that supports already held beliefs, and to ignore contrary evidence. It’s something that is hardwired into our brains—our world is too complicated for us to keep testing everything we know. It’s also one of the many cognitive biases that give us fake news and hyperpartisan politics as we learn to ignore evidence and just look for ways to prove ideas that we already hold.
The Science of Great Conversation You’re going to a party, networking event or cocktail hour to meet new contacts and make connections. However, you always have a problem figuring out how to approach people, no matter what the situation. Thankfully, there are skills you can hone and then use in social or business settings. Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but take turns talking. Ask each other, 'Would you like to add to my idea?' or 'Can you tell us what you are thinking?' Ask questions so that you understand each other's ideas. Say, 'Can you tell me more about that?'
Season 3, Episode 11: How to Lead Transformational Conversations [Podcast] Welcome to Season 3, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how you can lead transformational conversations. A new model of leadership has emerged over the last several years that is more about dialogue than the traditional model. But it’s not always intuitive and it takes some practice. Here are ten practical strategies you can use to gain greater influence. Written Communication - Say It Like You Mean It - Kitty Lusby Whether you’re blogging to express yourself, writing advertising copy, or just trying to get your point across in a business email, written communication skills are pretty much necessary in today’s world. We’ve got an interesting situation in the modern marketplace, though: Much of our communication takes place online, and therefore, much of our communication today is in writing…and writing is hard.
How to make good arguments at school (and everywhere else) From as early as Grade 3 teachers start teaching children how to put across their own points of view. It’s not about winning arguments, but ensuring kids grow up to be thoughtful and engaged citizens. These skills might come in to play at school in essay writing, in oral presentations or in debates. And whether we’re talking about making arguments for school or just in life, there are three things present in all good arguments.