Vitality affects

Get in sync with “Vitality Affects”

The concept of “vitality affects” is all about joining the rhythm of another, whether that “another” is a person, a song, a place, or a moment. Vitality affects are at the core of my therapeutic style.  My style is a natural and literal entrainment with a person’s cognition and emotion, which helps “mirror” the client’s internal experience.  This mirroring, or reflecting, allows the client to “see” herself outside of herself, and thus make tweaks and adjustments to her personal “music.” It’s no accident that the term is synonymous with affective attunement (get it? a-TUNE-ment, as in “tuning in” to the music of another). 

A great poster on vitality affects:

Tuning in to America’s Got Talent

I have been watching “America’s Got Talent,” a stupid yet mesmerizing talent show with Jerry Springer as host. The two front-running acts include a 400-pound young opera singer and two african american violinists from inner-city NY. The reason these two acts have risen to the top is that we in the audience become entranced by the symphony that is their music, movements, facial expressions, and tangible passion (not to mention their inspiring personal stories).  Their vitality affects become hypnotic pendula that mysteriously draw us in and help us to make our own symphonies. 

What types of vitality affects are you tuning in to these days?

Susan Hendrich

Words matter

Here is a shining example of the difference words can make:

1. Tina writes the following on her Think Simple Now blog:

Do you find yourself saying the words I’m sorry or I don’t know often? Did you know that this over-sighted language pattern is actually limiting our potential to happiness and ultimately getting what we want?…

The language we use is incredibly powerful. It is a direct command into our unconscious mind. Whether we realize it or not, or it was spoken casually or not, our unconscious mind is listening. Your unconscious mind takes notes even when you’re not paying attention.  Read Tina’s post

2. Then, people make comments on Tina’s post, like this one from Kannan:

Hi Tina,

Great Article.
I think you did lot of work to write this one.
One may wonder how even these simple words can influence our life.
Just like a garden, if we eliminate all the weeds and feed only the plants, our life will be a beautiful garden with wonderful results. Thanks for sharing.

Best Wishes,
Kannan Viswagandhi

3. Other people read Tina’s blog post and Kannan’s response, and start to think…

Hey maybe I need to consider my words more carefully. Yeah, in fact, I will make a change today in some small way.  Wait…by thinking that, I just did made a change! Let me write about that change.

4. And the beautiful cycle continues…

Think well!

Susan (Hertzenberg) Hendrich

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Visual menus

I’m wild about Cathy Moore’s post on Visual menus: structure with style

My favorite part is her brainstorm list of visual elements (graphics) that could become menus:

  • Timeline
  • Flow chart
  • Mind map
  • The product or item that the course examines
  • Head shots of people asking questions (each question links to the section that answers it)
  • Map of a building or place
  • Game board  

So, here’s your challenge:

Can you think of other graphic elements that could serve as visual menus/maps?

Submit your ideas through the “comments” feature below!



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Sharon Bowman

Looking for tips and articles to help you energize your training sessions? Check out Sharon Bowman’s sparkly site:  Sharon’s site is chock full of web site links, newsletters, catalogs, and books that will help you become a master at “teaching it quick and making it stick!”  Here are two of her latest examples:

Stand, Stretch and Speak: Using Topic-Related Energizers.
From: Preventing Death by Lecture!
Author: Sharon L. Bowman
Format: Adobe Acrobat PDF

The Gallery Walk: An Opening, Closing, and Review Activity.
From: How To Give It So They Get It.
A more detailed version is found in: The Ten-Minute Trainer.
Author: Sharon L. Bowman
Format: Adobe Acrobat PDF