Logical, Emotional, and Creative Thinking

We often make decisions based on emotion rather than logic. Especially in times of crisis (like our current financial situation), we choose options that address our “pains.” Most people are feeling a pain at the pump with gas prices topping $4 a gallon in the United States;...

How One Word Can Change Your Beliefs

Once again we explore the power of language. This one was given to me by Michael Wiederman, Professor of Psychology at Columbia College. Imagine that you serve on the jury of an only-child custody case following a relatively messy divorce. The facts of the case are complicated by...

Never Trust an Expert

A couple of nights ago, I gave a presentation to a group of eager individuals who are either launching or advancing their speaking careers. During our 90 minute discussion, I gave dozens of tips and techniques for growing their business. At the end of the evening, one attendee...

How to Tell If Your Intuition Is Good

My friend Susanne and I were recently playing a trivia game. She’s pretty good with the trivia. However, at one point, she got a couple wrong answers in row. “Urgh,” she blurted out, “every time I have a gut answer and change it, it was actually correct.”...

My Psychic Powers

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I have a confession. I have psychic powers. Don’t believe me? Let me prove it with a little experiment. Get out a blank sheet of paper. On it, list a series of random “X”s and “O”s so that it looks something like this: XOXOXOOXOXXOXXXOXOOXXOXOO Be sure to remember that this is...