Pumping Proverbial Iron to Sharpen Your Small Talk Skills

Okay, okay…I may not be Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I’m definitely here to pump you up!

Join My Daily ‘HIIT’ Workout (Not What You Think)

I invite you to join my daily workout, where we won’t be flexing our biceps, but instead we will flex our brains together.

Every day I will be pumping proverbial iron by doing HIIT workouts. I’m not talking about the trendy High Intensity Interval Training workouts, I’m talking about High Intensity Improvisation Training.

That’s right, improvisation, not interval training. You’re probably thinking I’ve finally fallen off my rocker, but hear me out.

Brain Muscle Groups - System 1 vs. System 2

When you go to the gym there are a plethora of machines that you can use to work out different muscle groups. It can certainly be overwhelming for newcomers that are looking to get into shape. Based on how you want to look determines which machines you should use.

It is no different when you’re doing exercises to improve your English. Deciding which exercises you should spend your precious time doing can be overwhelming. Not knowing which exercises to do based on the results you want to achieve can ultimately lead to us doing nothing at all, which is the worst case scenario. This is also unfortunately the most common scenario as well.

It is extremely important to exercise it so that we don’t suffer from muscle atrophy (loss of muscle).

We have two main areas of focus when it comes to brain muscles. We have our System 1 brain muscles and our System 2 brain muscles. I’m using the terminology coined by Daniel Kahneman in his book ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow,’ which I highly recommend that you check out.

System 1 thinking is our ‘animal’ brain that causes us to react. It doesn’t involve our logical thinking brain, which is referred to as System 2.

To paint the picture for you a little more, think of our System 1 brain muscle group as the muscles that we use when we are having small talk conversations. System 2 brain muscles engage when we need to think more deeply about something, but they take roughly 5 seconds to engage.

How to Build Up Your Small Talk Muscles

The majority of my clients tend to struggle with small talk, thus I want to show you all how we can build up these muscles, which will in turn build up your confidence when you enter unplanned conversations.

Check out the video below to see the style of exercise that I do to work out my small talk muscles.

If you prefer Instagram, you can also find these videos posted on my instagram page.

Benefits of Improvisation Workouts

By doing short improv(isation) exercises, you’re training you System 1 brain muscles. Strengthening these muscles will build new neural networks in your brain. This creates new pathways that better connect the locations in your brain that are storing all of your English knowledge.

It’s like building new roads to further connect you with society. The more neural paths you have, the more likely you’re able to navigate a conversation in the direction that you want.

The results of these workouts will directly benefit your ability to express yourself more fluently in small talks. It will help you express yourself like you’re able to in your native language with much less effort, as you won’t need to access your System 2 brain as much when responding to your colleagues or your friends in quick conversations.

Join me in these exercises daily to get proverbially ‘swole’!

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