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Thursday, March 28, 2019, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:45 am

As you no doubt have noticed if you’ve ever sat through a typical PowerPoint presentation, people don’t pay attention to boring things. You’ve got seconds to grab someone’s attention and only 10 minutes to keep it. At 9 minutes and 59 seconds, something must be done to regain attention and restart the clock–something emotional and relevant. Also, the brain needs a break. That’s why I use stories in this book to make many of my points.

John Medina in his book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Brain Rules

The book is absolutely awesome. Do make sure you get a copy and read it!

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

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

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

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

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

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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