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Hijacking Emotion Is The Key To Engaging Your Audience

Hijacking Emotion Is The Key To Engaging Your Audience
The default to emotion is part of the human condition. To better appreciate the role of emotion and what it allows an audience to do, we need to take a brief detour into evolutionary biology. The human brain can be understood as three separate brains working in tandem, if not completely integrated with each other. The primitive brain and the limbic brain collectively make up the limbic system, which governs emotion. Within the limbic system, there is a structure called the amygdala, which leaders need to understand. When faced with a stimulus, the amygdala turns our emotions on. The amygdala is the key to understanding an audience’s emotional response, and to connecting with an audience. I have become somewhat notorious in the programs I teach at NYU for the way I start each class. Five Strategies for Audience Engagement Establish connection before saying anything substantive. The default to emotion is part of the human condition. [Image: Flickr user Howie Le] Related:  interesting/random

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