The Brain Chemistry of Presenting

I’m reading a book at the moment about human behaviour that includes a lot of information about brain chemistry. I like saying that because it makes me sound intelligent but in reality, I skim a lot of the science-y bits because I don’t really get them. And as the author, Robert Sapolsky freely acknowledges, the science doesn’t really matter. What matters is the outcome in terms of our behaviour and the other person’s response to that communication or behaviour.

I then saw an interesting TEDx talk HERE – The Magic of Storytelling which explores how different types of stories release different hormones in the listener’s brain, and to add to the mix I had a great chat yesterday with a wonderful friend and NLP coach, about many different things including the difference between selling from a place of desperation versus a place of empowerment, confidence and ease.

And all of that got me thinking about habits and mindset and again I revisited my daily habits. How do I best set myself up each day for positive brain chemistry? How can that positive brain chemistry cause positive and productive meetings? How do those positive meetings lead to positive chemicals and hormones in the brains of the people I’m meeting with? And how does all of that spill over into a ripple effect of productivity, creativity and effective outcomes for all parties involved?

In short, effective communication starts with a clear and free mental state. That’s not to say that we don’t need to then put in the work of clarifying our message and creating a logical, methodical structure to our communication, but that message won’t flow as comfortably or easily, nor be as persuasive, if we aren’t in a good head-space to begin with.

So my question to you this week is ‘what do you do daily to consciously keep yourself in a positive and productive state of mind?’

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