Most of our communication is unconscious. Our conscious brains can handle something like forty bits of information a second. That sounds like a lot until you know that our unconscious minds can handle 11 million bits of information per second. Within those constraints, by far the biggest activity the brain undertakes is handling visual input. Visual data can be as much as 10 million bits of information per second out of that 11 million. Yet, despite all that computing power and effort, we don’t see reality.
"You'll learn crucial skills, from measuring nonverbal signs of confidence, to the art and practice of gestures and vocal tones, to figuring out what your gut is really telling you. This concise and engaging guide will help leaders and aspiring leaders of all stripes to connect powerfully, communicate more effectively, and command influence." — Harvard Business Review
"Morgan rounds out his book with tips on improving public speaking, finding an authoritative voice, and using body language for success.” — Publishers Weekly
"I wish I had this book ten years ago! A very helpful, informative, and engaging read — wow! Perfect for teachers, students, business people, and beyond.” — Garr Reynolds, author, Presentation Zen and The Naked Presenter
"Finally, a body of work that defines the importance of how the human form communicates. Morgan has researched how humans interact and summarizes it into tips from how to use your gesture and voice to command a room. Bravo on a defining piece of work around how to communicate confidently with influence.” — Nancy Duarte, CEO, Duarte, Inc.; author, HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations
Some people have the ability to enter a room and draw instant attention, effortlessly exuding charm, radiating energy and a commanding presence. That enviable quality is called charisma...and those who have it are better able to influence what gets done and ultimately achieve what they want. To some extent, it's innate—but
Every profession has its own dreaded moments. In the world of business, dreaded moments arise when it is presentation time. Giving a presentation can turn even the calmest and surest of people, into a sweaty bundle of nerves. Public speaking is indeed a well-founded, fearful event and we have every right
Think of your attitude as the mental filter through which you experience the world. Some people see the world through the filter of optimism—the glass being half full—while others see life through a filter of pessimism—the glass being half empty. Typically, a person with a negative attitude thinks “I CAN’T,” dwells
Every communication is two conversations. The first is the one you’re aware of–the spoken content. The second is the one that we’re all unconscious experts on–the nonverbal one.
In order to master your communications, you need to take inventory of how you inhabit space, how you stand, how you sit, how you move, and how you interact with others.
We need to listen to each other because lives need to be shared, we’re a communal species, and isolation kills.
Let’s start listening better to one another and maybe we can save this magical planet and the precious, irreplaceable people on it.
Stories are why we feel that it’s safer to drive than fly, even though the statistics prove the opposite.