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  • The Black Swan Talk
    Identifying and re-evaluating your Black Swans gives you the edge in your business and creative life

The Black Swan Talk

The primary focus of the Black Swan talk is that we all have Black Swans. These are ideas which we think are impossible, but can in fact be more than possible once you have sees that they can be achieved. This can be applied to ourselves, groups that we are in, or other people.

Uncovering that we have Black Swans can offer us improved ways of approaching our most complex problems. You will be able to explore new perceptions and see anew what you thought you had already seen. Recognising our own Black Swans and the limits of our own understanding will improve us through being:

More Humble

By recognising your own Black Swans, your perspective shifts and you begin to see your own flaws. Far from being as negative as this might sound, it is in fact the best and fastest way to learn, develop and evolve. It’s only from a humble standing that you can begin to improve yourself and in turn, begin to improve others.

Open to other’s perceptions

Seeing the world through other’s eyes is a huge keystone for selling. Being able to observe other people’s unknown unknowns means you can assess their needs and answer their questions far quicker than before. It leads to stronger communication, which adds to your reputation and makes you a better business person.

A better decision maker

Being aware that we are irrational creatures, knowing and accepting that we have underlying emotional influences, and that there are Black Swans hiding in plain sights, give you the tools to help navigate tough decisions and get a more informed view of human behaviour. You’ll have a stronger, more reliable source of information.

What Are Black Swans?

The unique nature of Black Swans brings ideas and actions previously out of reach within grasp. Our aim is to challenge these Unknown Unknowns and give you the tools to see the previously Unseen and do the previously Undoable. You will be able to experience your brain’s imaginative powers of possibility and how richly they interact with behaviour, allowing you to know what creativity feels and looks like from the inside.

The Black Swan Talk

A playful but profound approach gives you a safe and stimulating environment to question assumptions, build new thinking styles and create a more memorable and emotionally resonating story, with you at its centre. Identifying, uncovering and re-evaluating your Black Swans is how you reveal yourself more to others and gives you a psychological edge in your business, personal and creative life.

12 Benefits You Get From Knowing Your Black Swans

Imagine if everything in your life was entirely predictable. Suppose you could know the exact date and time when your most cherished goals would be fulfilled, would you choose to know them?

It seems like a lot of people would say no. They wouldn’t want to find out, in excruciating detail, exactly when, where and how their success were made. It would take away from the fun, adventurous and spontaneous moments in life. Together, these moments make up the Unknown Unknowns; the Black Swans which provide a buzz of excitement and curiosity.

By the nature of them, we cannot know what our unknowns are. Yet, we must continue to search for and uncover them. These are 12 Things You Get from Finding Your Black Swans:

1. Your Opportunities Open Up

Spotting the impossible gives you chances to see the world in a different light. Being able to notice your Black Swans means that you begin to question long-held beliefs. Once you start to do that, opportunities rise up around you.

2. You Trigger Inspiration

Talking about those long-held beliefs and assumptions, about how you noticed and overcame your negative traps, gives you the chance to become a role-model for others. You can start to trigger inspiration by accepting your assumptions may have been wrong and by acting as an example for others.

3. Gets You Thinking

Once you see that something you’ve long thought was impossible might just not be the case, you can very quickly start asking questions about what else you may have been wrong about. What if you’re not as shy as you thought you were? What if you parent’s vision for you wasn’t your only choice? What if you could easily get a date if you just talked a bit more?

4. Dismantles Your Assumptions

What we assume to be correct, and what is actually correct, often doesn’t line up. We’ve learnt from years of experience in the big, grown-up world, that some things are done a certain way because that’s the way it’s always been. However, now you’ve found there are new ways of doing things, ways that are far more efficient, effective and fun. The Black Swan can swap, break and build up your old assumptions for something completely new.

5. Sparks Your Excitement and Creativity

One thing we’ve learnt from delivering sessions across all these years is that nothing beats the feeling of excitement and fun. Opening up new possibilities is an exhilarating activity, being able to prove to others that they can do the impossible is extremely rewarding. Combined, being able to see these Black Swans builds into something that can boost conversations, lead to new solutions and create an atmosphere of trust, passion and purpose.

6. You Begin to Harness Surprise and Novelty

The power of the Black Swan is how unexpected they are. People have many rules about what they are willing to accept, but once you show them something completely different and original, they will find themselves in a state of wonder and neoteny. This is the state of mind which we look to produce on the Psychological Artistry day.

7. Changes Your Old Habits to New Thinking

Old habits come about by reinforced behaviour. Even if you know it’s bad for you, you’ll continue to binge eat on sugary goods because you’ve learnt over the years that you’ll feel better for it. The Black Swan can break these old habits in an instant and lead to a whole new way of thinking.

8. Reframes Your Old Problems

Once you begin to see new answers to old questions, you’ll start to see a shift in your thinking. If you no longer assume anything is impossible, uoi can ask yourself "just what exactly are my limits?" New thinking styles like this one and ones which revolve around positivity, creativity, and adventure, lead to entirely new approaches and wonderful possibilities.

9. Gives You New Experiences

The fundamental part of a Black Swan is its uniqueness. By being on the lookout for what’s different and what’s unexpected, you’ll begin to see what new experiences are possible for you. You won’t be shackled down by your own expectations any more, you can say yes to more events and ideas and follow those down the rabbit hole, leading to brand new and exciting situations.

10. Creates Ways For You to Grab Attention

By learning to embrace the uncertainties of life and channelling them into a creative and artistic medium, you can learn to harness what you love doing to grab people’s attention. Whether it’s music, drawing, writing, acting, singing, or magic in our case, you can use your awareness and appreciation of Black Swans to capture people’s attention and get your message across in more memorable ways.

11. Opens Your New Awareness

Once you start spotting Black Swans, your own and others, you begin to see them in a lot of places. You can learn to let go of trying to predict every possible outcome and relax into a powerful flexibility. This opens your awareness to brand new possibilities, new ways of thinking and new ways to feel more confident in yourself.

12. Helps You Uncover Other People’s

The last, and largest, benefit of spotting Black Swans is one I’ve talked about on this list all ready a few times; being able to help others with theirs. All of these new opportunities and changes that you can implement in your life can very easily be transferred over to other people’s. This doesn’t have to come in lightning bolts of wisdom and wonder, but can happen naturally as you awaken yourself to the power of spotting the unexpected and doing the undoable.

Your Opportunity

All of our talks use the science of your brain to improve your mindsets. They are all delivered with humour, clarity and delight and engaging with daring ideas. Our aim s to make complex neuroscience insights and behavioural science concepts easy to understand and explain their relevance to your life.

Each talk is demonstrated and illustrated using illusions, magic and mindsets, suitable for 6 people up to 100+ attendees and can be tailored to fit from 20 minutes up to 2 hours.

We’d love to be working with you on these. How do you think we could make this possible? We’re open to all ideas! If you want to discuss these or any other sessions, talks or projects available, fill in the form below. You can also call and leave on message on 07970 480 615 or we can set up a discussion over Skype. Thank you so much for your time and attention, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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