Archive for March 2019

186: Body Stories

body stories

BODY STORIES

Everybody tells stories. This episode focuses on the stories your body tells, often without your conscious knowledge. Are you ready to explore your body stories?

It’s important to become aware of the messages your body transmits to the world because those messages are more powerful than your words.

You can be a good speaker with unconscious body language that contradicts your words. People will respond to and believe the body language because it speaks directly to their unconscious minds.

These are some of the dangerous signals that your body may transmit that can undermine even a well prepared presentation:

  • Arrogance
  • Distant and cold
  • Angry
  • Afraid

You will learn to identify common body gestures that can stand between you and your audience:

  • Arms folded on chest
  • Holding fingers of one hand with your other hand
  • Hands in pockets

You will discover three powerful resources to help you strengthen your communication by raising your awareness of your body stories. They are:

  • Neutral Masks – created by Jacques Lecoq, a famous mime and acting teacher who used masks to reveal the messages behind physical gestures
  • Unique Forms of Continuity in Space – a bronze sculpture that captures the power and dynamic forces of the human body; it was created by Umberto Boccioni
  • Moment Before Exercise to give your presentations a powerful opening

Listen to this episode repeatedly and practice the techniques I offer you quickly become a more compelling communicator.

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185: Unconscious Stories

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UNCONSCIOUS STORIES

We are storytelling machines. We see the world though the narratives we constantly spin like yarn out of reactions to people and events. We call these narratives “reality.” But they are just vivid perceptions.

Today’s episode looks at the unconscious stories that we create every day from moment to moment. We are often not aware of them because they develop in an instant.

Where do the seeds of these unconscious stories come from? From all the information that bombards us 24/7 in our digital world. Images on social media, Netflix, billboards, our phones, computers, and tablets. They come from random glances we catch from other people’s eyes.

They come from all the sensory impressions that rapid fire at our minds from the world around us. The moment we receive one of these impressions, our minds begin to interpret them; those interpretations become stories that often rule our lives.

A person averts our gaze, and we create a rejection story. Glamorous lifestyle images on Facebook trigger comparison stories that can make us feel inadequate.

The challenge is to receive the overload of images without giving our power away to them. It’s a discipline that we can and must develop to remain whole, to feel confident and happy, and to grow.

Listen to this episode and allow it to inspire you. Allow it to shift your focus from thoughts and images that steal your power to those that elevate and unleash your infinite human potential.

Listen to the end to learn about the gift that you can win that will help you become a compelling communicator.

BOOK IN THIS PODCAST

Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through The Power of Words by Kevin Hall

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184: Market Domination

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MARKET DOMINATION

This short episode reveals the secret for any business to achieve market domination. The secret is one word – STORY.

You’ll discover how your authentic story about your product or service immediately makes you stand out from all your competitors.

If you don’t use stories to attract your ideal customers and clients, you are forced to compete by comparing what you offer with very similar offers that your competition makes. That usually leads to competing with price.

Doing business that way is more expensive and way less profitable than using one compelling authentic story that becomes a money magnet that leads to your market domination.

You’ll learn why Apple has become a dominant player who never competes on price. You’ll understand why people will pay premium prices for Apple products and even camp out overnight to be the first to purchase computers, tablets, and phones that they often don’t even need.

When you see and truly get the message at the heart of Apple’s famous Super Bowl commercial that launched the first Mac, you will never look at sales and marketing the same way again. You may be amazed when you realize that a one minute and eight second commercial established Apple as the unique leader in its field without ever showing a computer.

You will develop a new respect for the power of storytelling to achieve your market domination.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this episode may be one of the most powerful your have heard so far in the history of  Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

SUGGESTED READING

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

SUGGESTED VIEWING

Apple 1984 Super Bowl Commercial

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183: Wardrobe Stories

emotional baggage in items of clothing

WARDROBE STORIES

The clothing you wear makes a statement. But what about the clothing you don’t wear? You know, the suits, dresses, jeans, slacks, and every other item that covers the human body that you stopped wearing a long time ago.

You don’t wear them. But you won’t give them up. Those pieces of clothing have their own unique wardrobe stories. Stories about you, the people in your life, and your past. Stories that carry a lot of emotional baggage.

This episode continues our conversation about decluttering your home. This one focuses specifically on the clothes you stopped wearing but allow to live in your closets and drawers, and, more importantly, in your heart and mind.

You’ll learn an exercise in today’s podcast that can help you release buried emotions that may be weighing you down and holding you back in life. You are going to confront and explore 3 kinds of clothing:

  1. Clothing that is connected to a previous relationship in your life. Maybe, it was a gift from your ex. Or, it was something that you wore when you dated your ex. The relationship ended, you stopped wearing the item of clothing, but it still takes up space in your home.
  2. An item of clothing that you bought and no longer care about or wear.
  3. Something that you no longer wear, but you still like it.

You will pick up each item separately, hold it, and begin a dialogue with it. You will know what to say and ask when emotions come to surface triggered by the clothing.

Finally, you will summon the courage to release the item and the emotions attached to it.

You’ll also hear my challenge to do a serious purge of your wardrobe and other objects in your home. When you do it, you may discover that you feel lighter. You may experience a new sense of freedom. You will have made space for new empowering things to enter your life.

This can be a huge breakthrough for you. You will learn that your past is a made up story. You will be free to write a new story with bright and inviting future.

So, listen, change, and grow.

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

Travesties – a play by Tom Stoppard

Extremities – a play by William Mastrosimone

 

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182: Music Power

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MUSIC POWER

Here is one dictionary definition of music:  vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

That’s an acceptable definition, but it doesn’t capture the essence of music power. It doesn’t hint at the power of music to heal, transform, and even, to save lives. Music power embraces all of these.

The guest of today’s episode is Bill Protzmann. He’s a musician. He’s also a man who has experienced the deepest meaning of music power, and he enriches people’s lives with what he’s learned.

These are a few of the enriching gems you’ll discover as Bill Protzmann and I take a deep dive into the magic of music:

  • How music literally saved Bill’s life
  • A journey from despair to joyful song writing
  • Music’s power to heal trauma
  • Practical Heart Kills & how music enriches them
  • How to identify your power music
  • The hidden magic of gratitude and appreciation
  • The relationship between music and business growth

You will also learn the difference between musical therapy and musical care. Why is that important? Because you can master musical care on your own and use it to enrich your life.

BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST

More Than Human: The Value of Cultivating the Human Spirit in Your Organization by Bill Protzmann

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.

In Our Eyes In Our Words: Portraits from the Edge of Society fine art book by artist, Jeff Horn

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

David Whyte’s Poetry

BILL’S FAVORITE QUOTES

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Ghandi

The above is usually misquoted as “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Voltaire & Ben Parker in Spiderman

CONTACT BILL

www.BillProtzmann.com

www.PracticalHeartSkills.com

 

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