Unconventional speaking advice #4: The Power Move

This post is part of the Unconventional speaking advice series. To find out more go to the first post.

Tony RobbinsI’m pretty skeptical about self improvement gurus. But Tony Robbins seems to be more compelling than most. He has attracted a global cult following through his ability to engage audiences with his high energy style. To see Tony in action check out this clip from one of his seminars – make sure you watch until the music kicks in, it’s pretty insane!

One of Tony Robbin’s well known ideas is The Power Move.

Have you ever felt really great after physical exercise?

The Power Move works on the theory that physical movement can alter your mental state and combines it with concepts from Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

The basic idea is that you devise a physical movement which you repeatedly practice when you’re in a positive mental state. Over time your movement will become asociated with feeling happy and focused. You will be able to trigger these emotions by performing this movement.

Tony Robin’s personal power move is described in an interesting writeup at the Wealth Junkies blog.

[H]e stood tall, snapped his right arm up and outward to his upper right, laid his palm flat, and then made a motion like he was throwing something on the ground directly in front of him as he shouted, “whoosh!” It was one quick, fluid, motion.

Some people at my toastmasters club have admitted to using this technique to pump themselves up before going on stage – always out of sight of the audience.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could trigger a positive, focused mental state just before delivering a speech? Perhaps the Power Move is the answer.

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  1. Posted July 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Tony Robbins is insane. I remember watching his TED Talk a few years ago and remember being fascinated by his enthusiasm.

    I’m still in two minds about the effectiveness of classical conditioning, but like any other placebo; if it works for the individual, why not?

    Something to consider, definitely.

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  1. By A magic pill | The Naked Speaker on July 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    [...] that you are convinced will make your speech better will make your speech better. Lucky socks. Power moves. Any positive action, however bizarre, will pump your confidence and enthusiasm as long as you [...]

  2. [...] on stage or as Tony Robbins (maybe the best public speaker ever?) calls it – make your ‘Power Move‘. Done confidently, this will put you in in peak position to deliver the best presentation [...]

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