#052 - Minna Taylor is a trained actress. After earning her masters degree, she began teaching accent reduction to corporate clients as a side hustle in between acting gigs. That experience is where she found the intersection of speech & voice, body language, and breathing.
"Communication is a physical activity. We think about it as just coming out of our mouth, but our whole body is behind it. And if we go back to that statistic, which is 7% of the information people receive is verbal, 93% is vocal and nonverbal that means our body is doing most of the talking. What I see time and time again and what I saw at the very start of my career was people's bodies silencing them.”
Minna outlines the 3 characteristics of the most trusted people:
2 Curiosity; and
People come to her to increase confidence, to increase capacity, to speak up, to share their voice, to tell powerful stories, to influence people, and to become powerful agents of change.
The key takeaways from my discussion with Minna are:
#1 80% of your attention should be listening and 20% breathing;
#2 Generosity is about energy and presence;
#3 Curiosity is less about asking and more about how you choose to contribute without judging; and
#4 We have to like someone before we can trust them.
Be sure to stick around until the end to hear Minna share how giving up a little control and being vulnerable leads to being more trusted.