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Summer Reading

Reg at Elemental Truths (a blog worth adding to your daily RSS feed) has posted a great piece on strategically reading a room. His ideas are life hacks in their purest: how to change the way you navigate life to your advantage. He lists ten areas where “reading” a person come into play:

  • Body movements indicating interest.
  • Body movements indicating that a person is more open to agree with you.
  • How to know if a person is thinking.
  • Body movements indicating frustration or dismay.
  • How action-oriented people act or move. These may be the easiest type to misinterpret.
  • How to know if a person is keeping a secret.
  • Body movements indicating boredom.
  • Signals conveying excitement.
  • How confident people act or move.
  • Signals exhibiting authority or power>

Some of the observations Reg points out might cause you to dispute or disagree. For instance, the “keeping a secret” tell of weird humor wouldn’t work for me. I use weird humor when I’m uncomfortable or afraid, not lying. Reg also points out this is a western-centric observation set (which is useful, as we all have different ways to the finish line). But there is plenty of value to check out here.

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Strategically Reading a Room – [Elemental Truths]

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Book summary: A Technique for Producing Ideas

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Kirby Ferguson has written a summary for the book A Technique for Producing Ideas. Generating good idea is a fine art, if you have mastered it you will be successful in many fields. The author of the book, James Young, describes five steps on a technique of combining old elements together:

  • Gather new material, both specific and general.
  • The Mental Digestive Process
  • Drop it
  • Poof, the idea appears
  • Work it

Kirby also brought out his own thoughts – drop down every ideas you have in mind – You mind is not always as good as paper and sometimes it only stays for a short period of time. After you’ve dropped your ideas into your notepad, you will also have extra chances of linking and modifying your ideas together.

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