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

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

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

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

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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