Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

How To Get Someone To Tell The Truth

April 28, 2015


Interview with Michael Floyd, co-author of the book Get the Truth: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Persuade Anyone to Tell All




Mike Carruthers:
When you want to get someone to tell you the truth about something they did wrong remember this quote…


Michael Floyd:
The guilty man seeks only to be understood for to be understood gives the appearance of being forgiven. I think that says it all.


Michael Floyd

Using Surprise To Your Advantage


April 15, 2015


Interview with Andy Nulman, author of Pow! Right Between the Eyes: Profiting from the Power of Surprise


Mike Carruthers:
To be more successful, whether as a business or as an individual, one often overlooked strategy is the power of surprise.


Andy Nulman:
The definition here is it's the constant expansion of the boundaries of delightful extremes. What you want to make sure you do is delight a customer.

Andy Nulman



Organizing Your Stuff

April 14, 2014


Interview with Regina Leeds, author of the book Rightsize . . . Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free




Mike Carruthers:
Perhaps the best reason for organizing and decluttering your home is the space that you reclaim as a result.


Regina Leeds:
Space is an invaluable commodity. And if we have more of it in our homes it would help us think more clearly and be more peaceful and calm.


Regina Leeds

The Effects Of Color On Thought & Behavior

April 10, 2015


Interview with Alex J. Packer, author of the book Wise Highs: How to Thrill, Chill, & Get Away from It All Without Alcohol or Other Drugs



Mike Carruthers:
One factor that influences how you feel and behave is color.


Alex Packer:
And designers of homes and fashion designers take advantage of that. For example, blue is generally a calming color. It sorta cools things down.

Alex J. Packer


April 9, 2015


Interview with Lucinda Bassett, author of the book From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life



Mike Carruthers:
Anxiety. It's a big problem.


Lucinda Bassett :
It's the number one emotional problem in the world today. Anxiety is the number one reason people go to the hospital emergency room. It's the number one reason people use prescription medication. It's believed to be the number one reason people abuse alcohol, miss work, or have a hard time coping in general.


Lucinda Bassett

Why We Get So Upset Over Nothing

April 1, 2015


Interview with Deborah Tannen, author of the book The Argument Culture: Stopping America's War of Words




Mike Carruthers:
Today more than ever we live in an argument culture.


Deborah Tannen:
It’s the tendency to approach everything in an adversarial frame of mind. The way to show you’re really thinking is to criticize and attack.


Deborah Tannen

Power Of Flattery

March 27, 2015


Interview with Richard Stengel, author of the book You're Too Kind A Brief History of Flattery




Mike Carruthers:
Flattery works. It’s just human nature that people like you if you show you like them, and there are some effective techniques to being a better flatterer.


Richard Stengel :
One of the classic techniques is to be specific so that you don't say to someone, "You're the greatest." You say, "Mike, you're a wonderful interviewer, and in fact I remember an interview you did several years ago with this sheepherder in New Zealand, that really changed my life."

Richard Stengel

Getting People's Attention - Part 2

March 25, 2015


Interview with Ben Paar, author of the book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention




Mike Carruthers:
One of the ways businesses and organizations get people to pay attention to them is using the principle of acknowledgement.



Ben Paar:
Which is that we pay attention to those who pay attention to us and provide us with validation or an identity.

Ben Paar

Getting People's Attention

March 24, 2015


Interview with Ben Paar, author of the book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention




Mike Carruthers:
Getting people’s attention it’s something every business and person wants to do to but it’s harder than ever.


Ben Paar:
In 1986 there was a study that estimated that we were exposed to about 40-45 newspapers worth of information daily but 2006 that number jumped to 176.

Ben Paar

Too Much Stuff

March 23, 2015


Interview with James Wallman, author of the Stuff




Mike Carruthers:
Are you experiencing “stuffocation”?


James Wallman:
“Stuffocation” is the idea that we have too much stuff. And go to the closet we open up the doors and it’s just full of stuff that we own but maybe there’s nothing in there that we particularly want to wear.

James Wallman

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