Some people “never read fiction”. Life, it seems, is too short for its frivolity when there remain Great Books to be read.
Yet, well-written fiction has the power to bring emotion and experience to life, accelerating (vicariously) the individual experience. And, as psychologists know, a deeply imagined experience has the same effect as one directly experienced. Hence, the power of visualisation in sport (and life) coaching.
Here’s a fantastic, case study, example from the Art of Manliness’s Brett McKay.
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…with Art of Manliness.
I suspect some Brits might be squeamish about the title, but this blog (now the “largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web”) has everything you need to know. As editors Brett and Kate McKay say:
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“Both in the senate and when addressing individuals, use language that is seemly but not rhetorical. Be sane and wholesome in your speech.”
Marcus Aurelius (AD 120 – 180), Meditations
As a sovereign professional, you spend an inordinate amount of time entering unfamiliar rooms, full of strangers. It’s unavoidable. You need to meet new clients and potential clients. You need to attend conferences, training and those semi-social-semi-business occasions.
You may even feel that life is a little too long, so you burn some surplus life-energy at “Networking Events”.
The Art of Manliness blog has some top tips on commanding the room. It’s practical, simple stuff we should all do, but forget in the anxiety of the moment, such as:
- Walk in boldly
- Stand up straight!
- Make eye contact
The rest, with background detail, here.
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