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Power Hours and Think Weeks

Time for another round of random thoughts, ideas and musings…

  • Science of People’s Human Behavior Research Lab analyzed hundreds of hours of TED talks to understand what made the difference between the most and least popular talks. They found the first 7 seconds mattered more than the entire rest of the talk; that more popular speakers used more hand gestures (465 gestures per 8 minute talk vs. 272 gestures in the less popular dog-and-books-33514622talks); and more smiling and vocal variety increased the intelligence and credibility ratings of speakers.
  • A very simple thought exercise question to help you look at your business: “If our customers ran our business, what’s the first thing they’d change?”
  • Bill Gates would take an annual “Think Week” sabbatical to do nothing but catch up on reading and thinking.
  • Get creative to help your messages stand out from the herd to be heard: A GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio staged a game show where workers had to determine which “models” were wearing their safety equipment properly in compliance with the new safety regulations.
  • Set aside a “Power Hour” once a day where you take no incoming calls, book no appointments, and don’t check e-mails or text.
  • Research shows that if you want to reduce the natural tendency for people to offer resistance to new ideas, it helps to preface your ideas with a phrase such as, “I could be wrong here…” or “Maybe I’m off base with this idea but…”
  • It’s World Smile Day October 2nd. Psychologists say that it’s easier to remember happy memories when we smile, so remember to smile more often and just maybe you’ll be happier!

Michael Kerr is a Hall of Fame international business speaker who specializes in workplace culture and humor in the workplace. Michael helps clients get the results they need to drive outrageous results.

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