How to Achieve Breakthroughs in Performance

I was fortunate, recently, to chat with the inimitable Cathy Salit, consultant, CEO, former actor and singer, high-school dropout, and author of the just-published book Performance Breakthrough, A Radical Approach to Success at Work. Cathy’s approach combines acting, improv, and positive psychology – a mix of ideas that readers familiar with this blog will recognize […]

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

I am hypothyroid. It’s a curious disease that means my thyroid doesn’t make enough of the hormones that the thyroid normally makes and sends to every cell in your body. Symptoms can show up in a myriad of obscure ways, but the most common are slow metabolism and poor circulation, so you feel cold a […]

How Humans Mirror Each Other

How Humans Mirror Each Other

The human brain is a wonderful mirror to other humans. We have mirror neurons in our heads that help us share emotions with others, sending back their fear or anger or joy or love. That’s a very good thing, because it means empathy is real, sharing is profound, and we are not alone. In particular, […]

Why Going Viral May Be the Worst Thing That Happens to Your Business

Why Going Viral May Be the Worst Thing That Happens to Your Business

The dream of the modern marketer is the viral video, or Internet sensation, or meme. Once you’ve got that, you have it made, right? It’s the modern business equivalent of the old fairy tale line, “and they lived happily ever after.” What’s not to like? You’ll be feted by the media, courted by the money […]

When Is It OK for a Speaker to Yell at an Audience?

When Is It OK for a Speaker to Yell at an Audience?

When is it OK for a speaker to upbraid an audience? A frequent reader of this blog sent me this link to a fascinating example of a speaker dressing down his audience. In this case, does the attitude the speaker evinces seem more palatable because the speaker is a grown up addressing teens? What exactly […]

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you. The finding has interesting implications for public speakers and […]