Running better gatherings of people is an exercise in understanding human behavior. Here are the simple basics.
You probably realize that what comes out of your mouth is often irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Your non-verbal messages are always being broadcast. And when you are speaking, your paralanguage (No, not parrot language) is a big part of what people are paying attention to.
Meeting facilitation can be a complex art and science when the issues themselves are comparably complex. As we teach in our meeting facilitation training, learning to do meeting facilitation well requires paying attention to nuances, one of which is getting the right people in the room. The room, of course, can be either physical or… read more →
If this doesn’t make you want to shotgun a tall boy, nothing will.
You either already are, or will be, dealing with true-blue narcissists, those folks who are … shall we say … unnaturally fond of themselves. Here are some thoughts for you.
I prefer the cruder version of the above headline but hey, it’s Christmas time. We all know people who have opinions about everything, regardless of whether or not they actually know anything about it. Don’t be one of them.
I really dislike the Bears, Lions and Vikings. People and the groups we belong to don’t like other people and groups who aren’t like us. This can bloom into hate. Science says, in part, it’s biology, and we can learn to believe differently.
Ellen Degeneres, the comedienne and talk show host, regularly uses the line – and titled her book, My point…and I do have one. The point here is to get to the point. In speaking, presenting or facilitating any group of people, decide the single, simplest point that you need to make, then make it.
In addition to actually doing this work, we train a lot of other people to do this work. Invariably, people come into training workshops looking for the magical, new, cool thing that will fix all of their problems in dealing with the public. Here’s the secret sauce.
Max Hardy is a longtime Aussie mate and colleague of ours who, in this Ted talk, does a nice job of explaining the power of the right question.