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World Series & Conversation Skills

baseball-in-grass-1395007-mI’m a Baseball fan…during the world series. And then only if I remember to turn on the TV.

Except this year. I’m glued to  the TV as I like the Royals.

You may or may not watch, but there is a powerful conversation tip to be learned from the World Series.
Players do well on the field because they have honed and practiced their skills.
Jamie had poor conversation skills. She craved improvement!
 I told her to take 5 minutes a day and practice smiling, using conversation starters, and having a listening face.
She did this in front of a mirror. Within a week her skills had completely changed.
No longer did she look bored.
No longer did she have a scowl.
No longer did she repel people.
Practicing a few minutes will hone your skills for the world series of life.
That’s why I include practical exercises in the Conversation Success System.

Plane Crashes & Conversation Skills

airplane-1056260-mDo you enjoy flying? We do.

I feel safer zipping across the sky’s  than navigating the roads with texting drivers.

Experts say you are 19 times safer in a plane than driving.

Why the incredible safety record of planes?

Partly due to a check list.

A checklist is a list of steps or items that need to be done.

Before the flight, the pilot pulls out his folder and checks off to make sure the fuel is full, etc.

When something goes wrong, they pull out their checklist to find out how to fix it.

Think back to New York, five years ago. The Airbus 320 took off and then two geese rammed into their engines. The plane made an emergency landing in the Hudson river within three minutes. 

Checklists saved the day.

When the engines went out, the pilots followed a checklist to try to start them. The flight attendants followed a checklist to prepare for landing in the river. The evacuation followed the checklist.

Checklists are powerful!

As I was reading on the power of Checklists, I was reminded that the Conversation Success System is like a checklist.

It shows the steps to use when:

  • You greet someone
  • You need to make a friend
  • You need to exit a conversation
  • You need to leave a powerful impression
  • & much more.

Also, explains them in great detail.

Just the other day I was teaching a few teens some Conversation Skills. I told them the four steps to use when you meet someone. 

I had them practice on some adults in the room. The adults were amazed at the poise, confidence, and positive impression these teens left just by following this simple checklist.

Follow specific steps in conversation and your skills will rapidly improve!

More Confidence in 5 Minutes

963932_thumbs_up[2]Sarah was shy and bashful as a teenager. Now as a career professional, she was much improved.

But shyness still engulfed her. Sometimes she felt like a puppet in the hands of shyness and low confidence.

She asked for advice on how to quickly improve her confidence.

I gave her two words.

Act Confident.

You see Sarah was acting shy.

– Avoided eye-contact
– Would not initiate conversation
– Unconfident posture.
– Did not assert herself in conversation.

These behaviors were rooted in her shyness and self-esteem issues.

In 5 minutes I shared 5 ways for Sarah to act confident. These are laid out in the Conversation Success System.

During those 5 minutes I could see new confidence and power coming over her.

Feelings follow actions. Act confident and you will start to feel confident.

One week later Sarah was a changed person. She was confident and assertive.

She said, "I still have some shy feelings, but now I feel more confident. A coworker asked me what changed!"

Do you need more confidence?

Apply the two words and act confident (but not cocky).

Austin Barnes

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