Providing co-workers critical updates and sharing novel ideas is essential to an integrated, vibrant, and productive team. It was in the spirit of this collaboration and a testament to the “two-heads-are-better-than-one” mentality that regular intra-office meetings were born. But with a trend toward open-office concepts with tightly regulated meeting spaces, increases in off-site employees, and a greater premium placed on efficiency, the regularly occurring 1-hour meeting is no longer a viable calendar event.
Last night, a steady stream of ghouls, zombies, and werewolves crawled the streets, making wild gestures to add to the believability of their characters. Speakers looking to command similar attention and engagement from their audience must also pay attention to their hands and arms when presenting.
This action is known as gesturing, and it is more important than you think.
Whether firefly or public speaker, providing your audience with an authentic indicator of who you are is essential to your success. Audiences are looking for signals of authenticity, and when they are missing, their internal alarms are quick to signal an imposter.
Each day, 27,000,000 business cards are printed in the United States at a total annual cost to employers in excess of $790 million dollars.. Factor in the cost of professional design services, and this business expense easily surpasses one billion dollars annually.
No one ever questions this cost. ...
The human brain can perceive over 7 million colors!
This astounding ability allows us to discern important differences between similarly colored objects; it also allows us to perceive a richer, more interesting world.
But the visual system isn't the only sensory system that can parse out subtle differences between similar stimuli. Our auditory system also has this exceptional ability, and it's critical to how we perceive the meaning of spoken words.
Begin by appealing to the oldest part of your audience's brain...
You have the most critical, game-changing information on the planet to talk about, but if you don't immediately create a connection with your audience, your message will fall flat.
Wait for it...
Whether you're building anticipation, adding emphasis, commanding attention, kindling an emotional connection, inspiring trust, or employing a device to calm your nerves, silence can be a speaker's best friend.