Best “Article” I’ve Read This Week: Crushing Your Comfort Zone

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Till talks about how he overcame many of his own fears and how everybody can step out of their comfort zone. It all started with Till lying down on the floor in a public place. And it resulted into a world wide movement called “Comfort Zone Crusher”. Till explains his psychological concept of comfort zone crushing and how it helps so many people to tackle their fears.

“Till H. Groß … wildly crushes comfort zones.

As soon as Till finished high-school he took his education in his own hands. After reading the whole psychology section of the small town library in his city, he set out to personally meet the authors of the books that thrilled him. In 2011 he started to consciously seek out the best psychologists, therapists and coaches all over Europe in order to learn from them. Having the best teachers possible enabled him to give talks throughout Germany at the age of 19, hold a guest lecture at the University of Vienna at age 20 and conduct his own seminars, found a startup and work as a coach at the age of 21. Now he’s helping hundreds of people all over the world to tackle their fears and step out of their comfort zone.”

When Communicating, Watch Your Body Language, It Tells More Than You Think

If you think that you can judge by examining someone’s facial expressions if he has just hit the jackpot in the lottery or lost everything in the stock market — think again. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at New York University and Princeton University have discovered that, it just doesn’t work that way.

Rather, they found that body language provides a better cue in trying to judge whether an observed subject has undergone strong positive or negative experiences.

In a study published this week in the journal Science, the researchers present data showing…

http://www.huji.ac.il/cgi-bin/dovrut/dovrut_search_eng.pl?mesge135584551205872560

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This is extremely interesting data, since it flies directly in the face of everything we have been previously taught.  Nevertheless, if you want to be an effective and persuasive communicator, you need to pay attention to all facets of your presentation; and this means your body as well.

So, remember, when giving presentations, be sure you know the message you’re conveying non-verbally as well.  A great way to address this is practice in front of a mirror, a friend or videotape.  I find video taping to be the best medium and achieve the most accurate results, because as they say in show business, the tape never lies….

-David W. Mykel

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