Tue, 1 April 2014
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After a brief chat about March Madness and the inevitable disappointment that every fan sets themselves up for every single year, Kurt and Steve launch into attraction, similarity, and humor. In another geeky Kurt article moment, we learn that humor helps medical patients better manage chronic conditions. In other words, laughter is the best medicine, according to the Journal of Health Research. Kurt ties this into the fact that if we can get our prospects to laugh, the doors to persuasion swing wide open. Your audience becomes a lot easier to persuade. Nothing lowers somebody's guard more than humor, and nothing is more effecive that the use of self depricating humor.
Not only is humor extremely effective, but so is attraction. Being "too perfect" however, can make people feel jealous. But if you're above average in the looks department, you're automically judged to be more intelligent and trustworthy. While this might be offensive to some, it's just reality. Kurt discusses a few studies that show that more attracive convicts in the judicial system get lighter sentences, and more attractive students in universities get better grades.
There are three parts to attractions: looks, clothes, and personality. Kurt briefly discusses the "booth babe" industry. "Booth babes" are attracive people for hire that staff booths at trade shows in an effort to generate more traffic. Steve confesses to having hired booth babes in the past. Whether or not you're considered physically attractive, one thing is for sure: you choose the clothes you wear. Paying attention to fashion can go a long way. The point is that we need to be aware of how people may be judging us.
At the risk of sounding superficial, Kurt and Steve talk about some of the basic things that we can do to enhance our appearnce such as basic dental hygeine. Steve offends the listeners in the United Kingdom by implying that they have "pirate teeth." However, Kurt convincingly establishes the fact that these basic things are easy to do and take away common subconcious objections.
Kurt then discusses the number one complaint about trade show reps: bad breath. We live with our own breath all day and may become oblivoius to the fact that it's just down right nasty. Never assume that you're breath isn't bad. If you're interacting with prospects face to face, make sure you always have mints. Period. Not only is bad breath a total deal killer, but good breath can actually help your chances.
Also, Kurt and Steve discuss a persuader who is awarded the blunder of the week...AND the ninja too! How is this possible!? Check out this episode to find out!