Communication and Persuasion

Yesterday I worked on a report for No Lies, Please about how to reduce stress and be happier. It will be released soon.


“A projection carries less information than the higher-dimensional object.”

As above, so below.


Later I went to the Stanford “School of Education” for a Communication and Persuasion class and saw this computer brain. We’ll augment ourselves soon enough!


This feels like horrible design. They have all this space and they cram the right-pointing-arrow next to “Rooms 318 – 340”. That’s just asking for people to go the wrong direction.


The issue with shares of income is that logically some people really are better workers than others. If there is no violence involved, why shouldn’t 1% make 25% of the income?


I love self-referring loops!


This is a view of Stanford at night. It looks old-school to me.

The Communication class was taught by Juliet Erickson. She gave great information about how to deal with people. We talked to people near us and then had to tell the class about them. I introduced Buddy Burke, an aviator-turned-business-developer. He helps companies make sure new hires will be a good fit for the culture.

Juliet talked about the Communication Planning Path:
1. Listener understanding
2. Set an objective
3. Collect persuasive information
4. Choose a structure
5. Visual support
6. Reality check
7. Rehearse
8. Do it
9. Review

Quite useful!

Then we did a self-survey on communication styles (dominant to easy going, spontaneous to controlled). I got 8.6 spontaneous and 5.9 dominant, which is in the quadrant Expressive.

I know I can be who I want to be. I’m like an octopus!

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