Why relaxing is so much work.
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Storytelling, body language, and neuroscience.
Nick Morgan Ph.D.
That these persuasion techniques work should be a reminder of how far from logical our decision-making processes are.
Recent research details ways to use our brains to improve life, whether it’s thinking happy thoughts or getting rid of negative ones.
The posture and body language you adopt during a speech can affect how both you and your audience feel.
Attention spans are widely misapplied, misused, and misunderstood. Is the attention span really down to just eight seconds? Not exactly.
When we speak, most of us wave our hands around in ways that we don’t think about consciously very much, if at all. Do those gestures have meaning?
The brain rewards information bites in the same ways as it rewards food and money. We hunger for all three — and in the same way.
Face-to-face communication is the norm for human behavior, despite all the tech tools we've developed to avoid or replace it. We evolved over millennia to communicate this way.
When you’re stressed, your vocal cords tighten up and your pitch accordingly raises. Unless you’re completely cool for an event or important conversation, you need to practice.
The average person, tested rigorously on how well we detect lies, fails to do better than chance. But research proves you can get better.
What if the memory is a bad one and we want to heal? Fear, for example, is hard to forget, and dredging it up may change it in ways that make it more intense.
When you have to speak before a group, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode. Your audience responds similarly, thanks to mirror neurons. How can you avoid that doom loop?
Great actors have something they call the offstage beat that they use just before they go onstage. They're already inhabiting the character offstage before they go on.
We all know on a gut level that virtual communication is unsatisfying. But some recent research confirms those suspicions and points to some troubling truths.
Both Trump and Biden were standing at full height and holding themselves rigidly, prepared for a fight.
A recent study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin offers a relatively easy way to appear more trustworthy.
How you feel about yourself and your body affects the way you stand, the way you project, and the way you take the stage for a big event.
Durable first impressions are formed even more rapidly than we thought, according to research.
You know more than you think you do—unconsciously. The trick is communicating that information to your conscious mind.
Why should you care about an early mystery of anthropogeny? Because it’s a great reminder of how important eyebrows are to interaction and communication.
Charisma is focus, and we can all re-learn to focus if only we can jettison our to-do lists and seize the moment of wonder, anger, delight, passion, joy, or grief.
Our sensitivity to negative expressions and threats varies with age. Adolescents are quick to spot the slightest signs of negative emotions and react with fear or defensiveness.
If you’ve ever had déjà vu, or a strong intuition about a person or something that was going to happen, then you’ve heard your unconscious mind trying to get in touch with you.
If you're nervous going into a meeting of powerful people, that’s because you don’t believe that you belong there. The only way to take charge is to change your belief.
If you’re only working on your brain to send signals down to your gut, you’re doing less than half the job.
What does the research say about anxiety and communication? The good news is that there are non-pharmaceutical ways to mitigate anxiety.
Is it important to be happy? Recent studies suggest that focusing on one’s happiness may not be such an obviously beneficial idea.
Fear is the arch-enemy of all creative work, all performance, and all public speaking. Fear causes us to avoid preparation, shut down emotionally, and avoid introspection.
How can you tell when you’re being listened to? Given that many of our interactions now fall short of the mark, how do you know for certain when you've connected with someone?
We are living in an angry era. And the human connection that social media offers is more fragile, more superficial, and more prone to negativity than the face-to-face kind.
Failure is fashionable. But does failure actually deliver as promised? Do we learn from it more powerfully than we do from success?
Nick Morgan, Ph.D., is president of Public Words Inc., a communications consulting company, and the author of books including Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World.