The 1% Extra Performance Newsletter 29thJanuary 2021….

February 2


The 1% Extra: The Best of Performance

Welcome to this week’s The 1% Extra Newsletter. This week I included some clips from our latest episode of The 1% Podcast with Dan Hill, as well as why ”First Blush: People’s Intuitive Reactions to Famous Art” should be on your reading list.
I’ve shared some interesting articles that got me thinking like ”’Bruce Lee’s Never-Before-Seen Writings on Willpower, Emotion, Reason, Memory, Imagination, and Confidence” and a video on the psychological trick behind getting people to say yes.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Have a great weekend,
Quote Worth Thinking About
”Invest in a skillset that creates value for others; don’t constantly need more than you have.”
– Warren Buffet
Book & Video Recommendations
Dan Hill was our guest on the 1% Podcast. During research for the podcast, I read a few of Dan books which are all equally good and come at the art and science of face decoding. However, it’s his latest book that is highlighted here, which is focused on famous art.
First Blush looks the relationship between imagery and our attention – what grabs us and what doesn’t. The book uses two unique scientific tools to provide objective, quantifiable answers to this question.
In the book, Dan links eye-tracking technology and world-class art. He also draws on facial coding to capture and identify people’s quick, real-time emotional responses to 88 famous artworks, across eras, from da Vinci and Rembrandt to the latest contemporary creations.
Robert Cialdini is well known in the world of psychology and business for his ground-breaking work on persuasion which became widely known with his book “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”. Cialdini’s 6 Principles of Persuasion are reciprocity, scarcity, authority, commitment and consistency, liking and consensus. By understanding these rules, you can use them to persuade and influence others.
This video is a short interview and demonstration of his principles and how he has further developed to include his theory in pre-Suasion, which is the importance of what you say prior to delivering the message you are trying to achieve.
Recent Performance Articles Worth Reading
If you like to say “I told you so!” or don’t like to hear it, then you should find this article interesting. It explores how our need to be right is not generally innate but taught from an early age with the emphasis on correctness in academia, and on to emotional and societal factors.
What I found most interesting was not so much why we need to be right, but how badly it can hamper our growth and how accepting that you can be wrong open you up to accepting new perspectives and information.
As Edison famously said: “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work.” 6 minute read
I thought that this article provided a helpful perspective on something that we all find difficult – finding the right balance between maximising our potential and being kind to ourselves. How much stress is good? What does chronic stress do to our bodies?
Based on Robert M. Sapolsky’s book “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” there’s succinct and useful advice around how to take control of stress and use it as a tool to improve your performance or just to cope better and be happier.
Particularly given the current times when most people are under extra stress, this is well worth reading. 5 minute read
Although Bruce Lee is long deceased, we can still learn a lot from his musings. We can see this from writings from his 1968 pocketbook, penned shortly before his twenty-eighth birthday. In the article attached, we can see each transcription, beginning with Napoleon Hill’s “Daily Success Creed,” which Lee copied into his notebooks. These showed his inner thoughts on his personal philosophies, his own growth and also gave insight into our common psychology, behaviour, and human nature on the whole.
When Lee felt he had a significant idea, he wrote it down which is a really good practice to get into and on which we can learn a lot from. I liked this article as Lee has been an idol for many, and it allows us to gather a unique perspective into what his thoughts and opinions are on topics other than what we associate him with. 3 minute read
Dr Dan Hill an internationally recognised facial coding expert and author of 5 books on the topic, who unlocks emotional attributes through face reading and has gained performance and communication insights for professional sports bodies in addition to corporate organisations through his consultancy Uppercut.
Some of the work he is best known for is his extensive and fascinating study into the facial expressions of public figures such as politicians (particularly US presidents), celebrities and even paintings. In this week’s edition of The 1% Podcast we get into detail on facial expression and body language in our personal lives, in the workplace and in public life, discuss the recent US Presidential Inauguration and Dan’s views on Donald Trump and Joe Biden, and other intriguing topics like how to spot a liar.
It’s an engaging discussion filled with Dan’s unique insights into human behaviour as well as tips on how we can all learn to use facial decoding to help to understand the people around us better
This podcast includes the following extracts:
1: Decoding President Joe Biden – Dan discusses how Joe Biden is fundamentally different to Trump
2:  Lying – Dan speaks about how to spot a liar.
3: Decoding the Mona Lisa – Dan decodes one of the most famous paintings of our times.
To read a detailed summary of the discussion or to listen to the full episode and subscribe to The 1% Podcast click here.

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