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- “If you want to be interesting, you have to be interested.”
1) “The authors examined whether facial expressions of emotion would predict changes in heart function… Those participants who exhibited ischemia showed significantly more anger expressions and nonenjoyment smiles than nonischemics.”-Eric Barker with 4 ways to improve your body language
2) Proxemics and personal interactions – very interesting
3) Want to give a better speech? Practice in front of your dog “Addressing a friendly and nonjudgmental canine can lower blood pressure, decrease stress and elevate mood — perfect for practicing your speech or team presentation.”
4) The 3 Most Powerful Words
5) “researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the immune system directly affects – and even controls – creatures’ social behavior, such as their desire to interact with others….The relationship between people and pathogens, the researchers suggest, could have directly affected the development of our social behavior, allowing us to engage in the social interactions necessary for the survival of the species while developing ways for our immune systems to protect us from the diseases that accompany those interactions.”
6) “Google sought out to make the most efficient teams by studying their employees. Named ‘Project Aristotle’ the research found Psychological Safety to be the most important factor in a successful team. That is an ability to take risk without fear of judgement from peers.” (source)
7) “MIT found that the outcome of negotiations could be predicted by body language alone 87% of the time.” Read this great article by Eric Barker with 5 tips to improve your read on people
8) “A study from researchers at the University of Michigan found that couples in which both parties drink reported slightly better marriages than couples where one person drinks and the other does not.”
9) “That’s why, as productivity writer Seth Godin points out, evidence isn’t the only thing you need to change the minds of those around you. You also need empathy so you can see where they’re coming from, and persistence to keep the conversation going even when it feels like you should just give up.”
10) “The Danes’ highly developed sense of empathy is one of the main reasons that Denmark is consistently voted one of the happiest countries in the world (this year it is once again number one). Empathy plays a key role in improving our social connections, which is a major factor in our overall happiness. What many don’t realize is that empathy is a learned skill that many of us miss out on in America. In fact, some studies show empathy levels have dropped up to 40 percent in the U.S. in the last 30 years, while narcissism is on the steady rise.”
11) Quick Book Review – Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
Seth Oberst recommended this book to me. It’s right up there with Dale Carnegie’s classic, How to make friends and influence people. Made to Stick offers great strategies to simply…make what you say stick.
As a PT I found this very applicable in regards to patient communication. One of the biggest struggles for me as a PT is changing patient’s beliefs and teaching important complex concepts. This book left me with some great strategies to improve this ability.
Below is a chart I made about the book. Unlike the book, I selfishly made it about the concepts I enjoyed from the book, rather than making it simple for everyone. Sorry.
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