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Thursday, October 19, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

For years, “Change your thoughts, you change your behavior” was the mantra for life improvement. Through experience and science, we have since learned that affirmations rarely change behavior when emotions have taken the wheel. When your buttons get pushed into anger and your mind floods with fear, telling yourself to be calm or courageous won’t stand up to the voices in your head telling you to defend or shut up.

Dr. Marcia Reynolds in her book, Outsmart Your Brain: How to Master Your Mind When Emotions Take the Wheel

Outsmart Your Brain

I just started reading Marcia’s book, and have to pause the reading so often to contemplate on her wisdom.

You May Also Like: The Discomfort Zone: Conversation with Marcia Reynolds

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

We’re all going to experience bloopers on stage. For most of us, millions of people around the world won’t be watching. But our ability to exhibit grace and resilience under pressure and a sense of humor, and to understand that we’re all human, will go far to entertain and satisfy our audience – and perhaps give our presentation that extra luster that people will remember long after it’s over.

Lisa Braithwaite in her book, Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection

Presenting for Humans

Lisa’s book is so easy to read. Just open any page, and there’s so much wisdom that will help you become a stellar presenter. She provides tips and ideas on every presentation related topic from visuals and props to bloopers and humor.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.

Mark Manson in his book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark really knows how to make the maximum impact with few words. More importantly, the profound wisdom and truth in his words cannot be doubted, although the messages he provides are peppered with controversial words and ideas. Some people may find this packaging helps them understand the message better.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

People need to be aroused by surprising statements about their behavior and by questions that make them stop and think about what they are saying. If you break through their mental frames, they will stare at you for a moment as their brains look for ways to make sense of what they are considering. Then a burst of adrenaline could cause an emotional reaction, anything from nervous laughter to anger before an insight emerges. If you act on this moment by helping to solidify the new awareness, their minds will change. If you do not facilitate this process, a strong ego may work backward to justify the previous behavior.

Dr. Marcia Reynolds in her book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs

The Discomfort Zone

Marcia’s book is not only awesome but it is also different than many other similar books. Why? That’s because Marcia is very generous sharing her wisdom. More importantly, the book reveals that she cares about how you would go about making the changes explained. She clearly looks at what’s going to happen next as a result when you make a certain change!

I interviewed Marcia last month, and you can see the same characteristics in her answers too. See: The Discomfort Zone: Conversation with Marcia Reynolds

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Thursday, August 3, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

One of the most important functions of your unconscious is the processing of data delivered by your eyes. That’s because, whether hunting or gathering, an animal that sees better eats better and avoids danger more effectively, and hence lives longer. As a result, evolution has arranged it so that about a third of your brain is devoted to processing vision: to interpreting color, detecting edges and motion, perceiving depth and distance, deciding the identity of objects, recognizing faces, and many other tasks. Think of it–a third of your brain is busy doing all those things, yet you have little knowledge of or access to the processing.

Leonard Mlodinow in his book, Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

Subliminal How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

This is a book that makes you think. It combines psychology and our everyday lives and delivers results in bite-sized chapters that you can benefit from. It’s so amazing that Leonard combines research done two hundred years ago with new findings, and presents it in a way that you can use anywhere, from e-commerce to presenting!

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

Look around you. Your clothes, language, furniture, house, city, and nation all began as a vision in someone else’s mind. Your food, drink, vehicles, books, schools, entertainment, tools, and appliances all came from someone’s dissatisfaction with the world as they found it. Humans love to create. And creating starts with an idea that can change the world.

Nancy Duarte in her book, Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Resonate by Nancy Duarte

Nancy Duarte’s Resonate is among the classic books that you can find about storytelling. Although you can read the book from cover to cover, you can also open any page and read to gain insight and wisdom that will help you immediately.

Nancy did an exclusive interview with Indezine when Resonate was released. She also spoke about the iPad edition of Resonate.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

Our society is used to labeling those who are deviant as a fag, slut, or freak.
But who is to say what’s “normal”?

Jeetendr Sehdev in his book, The Kim Kardashian Principle

The Kim Kardashian Principle

Jeetendr Sehdev has a writing style that is not something you can call “normal,” and that’s what makes reading his book so much fun. More than fun, Jeetendr makes you introspect and explore why we are all stuck in a world where we follow norms that we don’t understand and don’t want to understand.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 8:45 AM IST

Business thrives on interaction, whether we’re at meetings, making presentations, coaching, or simply chatting with colleagues. Our work is increasingly team-based, a point underlined by a recent Harvard study which found collaborative activities making up more than 50% of work in business environments. There’s good reason for this, since teams and groups achieve better results than the lone genius (see James Surowiecki: The Wisdom of Crowds). Outside the world of work, team-focused learning is increasingly taking hold as the organizational model for universities, requiring students to better understand their own behaviors as well as those of their peers.

Ally Yates in her book, Utter Confidence: How what you say and do influences your effectiveness in business

Utter Confidence

Ally explores ideas that will help you change your behavior so that you can increase your effectiveness and also achieve more success. How does she do that? By explaining practical ideas, based on 30 years of her experiences in the corporate world.

Ally doesn’t give vague instructions–she tells you exactly what you need to do, and also what you need to say.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:15 AM IST

I can honestly say that when I started storytelling—speaking openly about my experiences—my life changed for the better. I started having sincere relationships with people right away, instead of hiding behind behind bravado or small talk.

Margot Leitman in her book, Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need

Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need

Margot’s book is a must-read for anyone who needs to use storytelling, and that includes speakers, presenters, and communicators.

Margot uses examples from her own life to illustrate her techniques. She even explains her mistakes and how they helped her improve. Shen then helps others overcome those same mistakes.

This is one of the best books on storytelling I have found, and it almost reads like a storybook too!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:00 AM IST

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

This was among the first books where I had to use my highlighter all the time to find amazing quotes. When the topic of your book revolves around Steve Jobs, it is imperative that you will end up with some amazing quotes!

More than a quote, Carmine provides a candid response to those who defend bulleted lists on slides.

I interviewed Carmine when this book was released–read the interview here: An Interview with Carmine Gallo

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