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Discussion & Feedback on Compiling Practical Examples in Which Power Dynamics Skills Make a Difference

Quote from Lucio Buffalmano on June 20, 2021, 9:10 am from Meta-Discussion on Feedback, Post #7

So, yeah, let's open that thread now.
At worst, it will die there. At best, it can become a repository of cool practical examples in which power dynamics / advanced social skills make a difference :).

Edit:

Here it is.
With an intro which I think is important to avoid considering the "concrete examples" as the ultimate be-all of personal empowerment.

I think only a few of us would post on this thread compiling the practical benefits of improving power intelligence.

A few factors:

  • It's not so conversational because it's an example-based thread
  • As a result of the above, not so much incentive (lack of WIIFT) on posting examples on the thread because there will be less feedback & discussion on their social scenario

Maybe we can pin the thread and put a message at the top like

Do you have a situation where you used power dynamics to get what you want?
Share it with others so we learn & motivate one another.

Not sure if it sounds cheesy.

New Thread Or Practical Examples Thread First?

Should we

  • create a new thread first for a discussion and then summarise the findings on the practical examples compilation thread?
  • Or post on the practical examples thread and spin out for a discussion if it's interesting enough?

I guess we can let people have the freedom to post wherever they deem fit.
For example, you think you did really well with WIIFT so you post on the practical examples compilation thread.
If you would like more discussion, you can post on the WIIFT thread for discussion.

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Lucio Buffalmano

Yeah, it's a great point, Matthew.

And I agree with you.

Ultimately, I think it's fine if people won't post there.

I might personally just cut out some examples from other threads whenever I remember or got time, and post it there.

It doesn't have to be a big thread, and it can still serve as a (smaller) repository of "practical real-life examples".

A few examples are enough to give people the idea and feel that learning power dynamics is not a theoretical pursuit, but that it means acquiring eminently practical skills for life.

I think that was missing somewhat in the presentation of this website.

People in the forum know that, but those reading some of the articles might miss it.
Now with that thread, I can place a few links from some more theoretical-sounding articles.

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Matthew Whitewood
Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

A few examples are enough to give people the idea and feel that learning power dynamics is not a theoretical pursuit, but that it means acquiring eminently practical skills for life.

I think that was missing somewhat in the presentation of this website.

I see what you mean.
Negotiation seems to have the connotation of "I can save or make more money".
So people can see how it will directly impact them.
As such, Chris Voss would find it easier to market his training and products.

Whereas maybe people think power dynamics is for people who are hungry for power and want a lot more power.
But they don't realise that obtaining momentary power through power dynamics skills like what you have shown can save you money and make your life generally smoother.

I think this suggestion got buried amidst the other posts.
Would you think a quiz sample (maybe the Google Forms) on common situations like handling excess baggage would make power dynamics more relatable?

For example,

Power dynamics is not just for what you typically think of climbing corporate ladders and politicians.
Have you ever been afraid of excess baggage at the airport?
With your new skills, you can sling bags over your shoulders and walk past the air stewardess with a single remark.

Let's say the air stewardess stops you and says you can only bring 1 bag onto the plane.
What would you say here?

  • Option A
  • Option B
  • Option C
Quote from Matthew Whitewood on June 21, 2021, 4:39 pm

I see what you mean.
Negotiation seems to have the connotation of "I can save or make more money".

Whereas maybe people think power dynamics is for people who are hungry for power and want a lot more power.
But they don't realise that obtaining momentary power through power dynamics skills like what you have shown can save you money and make your life generally smoother.

Yes, exactly.

Also, I'm personally positively biased towards the "practicality argument".

The last thing I'd want is to share knowledge that is for knowledge's sake.

Yes, we can also enjoy more philosophical discussions, and can have as many as we want of those.
However, the core of power dynamics and ThePowerMoves.com is to empower people with pragmatic knowledge and real-life skills.

That thread shows how that knowledge and skills apply to everyday situations.

Quote from Matthew Whitewood on June 21, 2021, 4:39 pm

I think this suggestion got buried amidst the other posts.
Would you think a quiz sample (maybe the Google Forms) on common situations like handling excess baggage would make power dynamics more relatable?

For example,

Power dynamics is not just for what you typically think of climbing corporate ladders and politicians.
Have you ever been afraid of excess baggage at the airport?
With your new skills, you can sling bags over your shoulders and walk past the air stewardess with a single remark.

Let's say the air stewardess stops you and says you can only bring 1 bag onto the plane.
What would you say here?

  • Option A
  • Option B
  • Option C

Well, not sure if it got lost in general, but it didn't get lost on me.

I loved the idea.

It's just challenging to make it take off, I (very possibly mistakenly) guessed.

I'll comment more on that thread.

Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?
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