The most relaxed breathing pattern

The surprising secret to speaking with confidence
Caroline Goyder | TEDxBrixton
Nov 25, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this fun and personal talk, Caroline shares a story of moving from stage-paralysis to expressive self. Accompanied by an unusual prop, she encourages us to use our voice as an instrument and really find the confidence within.

Caroline Goyder is an author and voice coach, with a lifelong curiosity in the question of how we find the courage to think for ourselves: aloud. Caroline trained as an actor, and then as a voice coach at Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), where she worked for ten years. She now runs a business that helps people find confidence and calm in the theatre of life. Caroline is the author of Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority (Ebury)

9:38

voice as an instrument
singing

The best professional advice

JetBlueJetBlue CEO Robin Hayes: How I Work
8/9/2016
http://www.wsj.com/video/jetblue-ceo-robin-hayes-how-i-work/6F90F5B7-560E-44E4-B934-7CA68F8774B7.html

JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes … management style, … and adding first class in a company that’s famously egalitarian.

The one thing a gate attendant should never say to a traveler:
“Unfortunately …”
“At JetBlue we say ‘As it turns out’ … ”

What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
“Be on Time”

Intelligence changes 20 points in the teenage brain

Motor speech area. Anterior cerebellum.

Verbal and non-verbal intelligence changes in the teenage brain
Nature  479, 113–116 (03 November 2011)
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v479/n7371/full/nature10514.html
Sue Ramsden,… Cathy J. Price

Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a standardized measure of human intellectual capacity that takes into account a wide range of cognitive skills. IQ is generally considered to be stable across the lifespan, with scores at one time point used to predict educational achievement and employment prospects in later years.
Neuroimaging allows us to test whether unexpected longitudinal fluctuations in measured IQ are related to brain development.

Here we show that verbal and non-verbal IQ can rise or fall in the teenage years, with these changes in performance validated by their close correlation with changes in local brain structure.
A combination of structural and functional imaging showed that verbal IQ changed with grey matter in a region that was activated by speech, whereas non-verbal IQ changed with grey matter in a region that was activated by finger movements.
By using longitudinal assessments of the same individuals, we obviated the many sources of variation in brain structure that confound cross-sectional studies.
This allowed us to dissociate neural markers for the two types of IQ and to show that general verbal and non-verbal abilities are closely linked to the sensorimotor skills involved in learning.
More generally, our results emphasize the possibility that an individual’s intellectual capacity relative to their peers can decrease or increase in the teenage years.
This would be encouraging to those whose intellectual potential may improve, and would be a warning that early achievers may not maintain their potential.

cited by:
Understanding Psychology © 2014

journalistic versions:
As Brain Changes, So Can IQ
October 20, 2011
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970203752604576641133332697322
The varying IQ scores could also indicate the test itself is flawed.
“It could be a real index of how intelligence varies or it could suggest our measures of intelligence are so variable,” said neuroimaging pioneer B.J. Casey at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, who wasn’t involved in the study.

IQ is not fixed in the teenage brain
19 October 2011
http://news.sciencemag.org/2011/10/iq-not-fixed-teenage-brain
The test results revealed dramatic changes: between their first testing and their second, the teens’ verbal and nonverbal IQ scores rose or fell by as many as 20 points (on a scale for which the average is 100).

Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet
November 25, 2013
http://www.npr.org/event/music/246393060/kronos-quartet-tiny-desk-concert

The intrepid champions of new music from around the world bring a lullaby, some rare blues and a recent work by The National’s Bryce Dessner

40 years

Aheym (Yiddish for “homeward”) was written for Kronos by Bryce Dessner; a member of the Brooklyn rock band The National, he studied composition at Yale. The music thrives on nervous energy, pulsating with strumming and spiccato (bouncing the bow on strings) while building to a tremendous fever.

00:00: Bryce Dessner: Aheym
10:00: Lullaby. A traditional song with Afro-Persian roots.
14:30: Last Kind Words. A little-known blues song from around 1930, recorded by singer and guitarist Geeshie Wiley.

David Harrington violin
Hohn Sherba violin
Hank Dutt viola
Sunny Yang cello

Bruce Dern: ‘Nebraska’

Actor Bruce Dern Gets Up Close And Personal In ‘Nebraska’
November 14, 2013
http://www.npr.org/2013/11/14/245181141/actor-bruce-dern-gets-up-close-and-personal-in-nebraska

After spending much of his career in supporting roles, actor Bruce Dern is finally getting recognition: He won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the new film Nebraska.

Dern, 77, started his acting career …

On his advice to his daughter, actor Laura Dern
Take risks. If you’re going to take roles, go out on the edge of the cliff and take roles other people don’t seem to do or want to do or have passed on for whatever reason, and do it.
Take roles that the behavior might be abnormal, the circumstances might be abnormal, but go with that and trust that and learn from there.

Jazz Man Maret Makes His Way On The Harmonica

Jazz Man Maret Makes His Way On The Harmonica
October 9, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/10/09/162578527/maret-makes-his-way-on-the-harmonica

Over the past decade, Swiss musician Gregoire Maret has redefined the role of the harmonica in modern jazz. After cutting his teeth as a sideman for some the biggest names in jazz, he’s now taken center stage as a bandleader.