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Frame control – the power of context

Great influencers have long recognised the power of setting the context of any conversation. For example, pick-up artists discuss “frame control” and assert that “In an interaction between two people, whoever has the stronger frame/reality wins”. Of course, I don’t accept their win-lose frame! Influential interactions can be, and in my opinion should be, win-win, especially …

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Making People Fit

I heard a fascinating interview this morning with Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of the best-selling books The Black Swan and Fooled by Randomness. His new book is called The Bed of Procrustes. And in that metaphor, as you might have guessed, lies a tale. Procrustes is a character from Greek mythology who owned an inn …

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It’s not for you…

It seems I’ve created a bit of a stir in some quarters with my “Intelligent Influence” project. You can still bag a place on the Voyage of Discovery here until 10 December, but our team of explorers is already establishing itself online, bursting with enthusiasm and energy. As I’ve been watching their postings, joining in …

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It’s not for you…

It seems I’ve created a bit of a stir in some quarters with my “Intelligent Influence” project. You can still bag a place on the Voyage of Discovery here until 10 December, but our team of explorers is already establishing itself online, bursting with enthusiasm and energy. As I’ve been watching their postings, joining in …

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Taking control

Do you want to control people’s emotions in a conversation? It’s something I find I want to do regularly. When I’m out networking or socialising, I want to make people happier so that we all enjoy ourselves When I’m training a group, I want to fill the room with fun and laughter so that people …

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