5 Ways to Grow Great Conversations

“In a dialogue nobody is trying to win. Everybody wins if anybody wins.” – author Maria Popova   To have true dialogue, that is “an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement,”[1] we need, as Maria Popova defines it, cooperative dialogue: “a commitment to mutual contemplation of viewpoints and considered response”.[2] For great … Continue reading 5 Ways to Grow Great Conversations

How To Be A Power Persuader

To be a power persuader means learning to be an impactful influencer. You need to learn how to use tactics and tools that move your persuasive efforts from simply educating your audience (static, because it’s a one-way communication model) to influencing them (dynamic since it engages them in the process and sparks them to action). Annet Grant, founder of Executive Speaking Inc., says, “By shifting … Continue reading How To Be A Power Persuader

The Knowledge Gap Theory and Why It Matters to You

As discussed in a previous blog, cognitive biases help us make sense of the world. These mental shortcuts help our brains muddle through information-processing problems like: Information overload Constructing meaning from mountains of information Making quick decisions How to know what needs to be remembered. The problem with many of these mental shortcuts is that they tend to leave “cognitive holes”, or gaps in our … Continue reading The Knowledge Gap Theory and Why It Matters to You