Right-Brain Leadership

Right-Brain LeadershipI read a fascinating article in Influence, written by Mark Batterson, called “Right-Brain Leadership.” If you are involved in any type of speaking or teaching role, you should check out what he has to say about the power of creativity.

Here are some quotes I especially liked…

“Creativity is the natural, supernatural by-product of a Spirit-filled life.”

“Loving God with half your mind doesn’t cut it. Half-minded is no better than half-hearted. God wants to sanctify your right brain imagination so you can see visions and dream dreams.”

“Neuroimaging has shown that as we age the center of cognitive gravity tends to shift from the imaginative right brain to the logical left brain. That neurological tendency presents grave spiritual problems for leaders: At some point, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory. Instead of creating the future, we start repeating the past. Instead of living by faith, we start living by logic. Instead of going after our dreams, we do it the way it’s always been done.”

“Uniqueness if God’s gift to you. Creativity is your your gift back to God.”

“What to say is content. How to say it is creativity. Part of my calling as a writer and as a preacher is to say old things in new ways. I think that’s precisely what Jesus did with the parables. Most of them are no more than 250 words, but hear them once and you’ll remember them for ever. Jesus was the master of metaphors.”

“The brain processes print on a page at 100 bits per second, but it processes pictures at a billion bits per seconds. That means that a picture isn’t worth a thousand words; it’s worth 10 million.”

Book Reviews From 2013

Secrets Of Dynamic Communication (book review)

Secrets Of Dynamic CommunicationAs one who communicates for a living, this statement near the beginning of the book shook me to the core: “Although each survey was conducted less than fifteen minutes after the presentation, over 70 percent of the people leaving a presentation had no idea what had been communicated” (emphasis mine). If you have to speak publicly at all, Secrets Of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis is a must read.

Not too many people choose to be public speakers, as attested to by the fact that most people rank their fear of public speaking just below their fear of death. But just because someone chose a career that requires public speaking doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement. Constant improvement. As a man who has mastered the art of public speaking, Ken Davis is a perfect guide for this learning process.

Ken leads us through a system that’s easy to recall with the acronym SCORRE. At each step along the journey you will pick up invaluable tips for honing your speaking craft, and making a huge dent in the 70% statistic cited earlier. Each chapter is short, but contains loads of tips that can be immediately integrated into your next speaking engagement. Literally this book can help you improve from the very first chapter.

Obviously this book is not for everyone, but everyone who has to speak publicly should not miss out on the treasure trove of craft-changing insights.

I am a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

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