Ending Strong

The Peak-End Rule: Memories of an experience are deeply influenced by the most emotionally intense moments (the “peaks”) and by the ending.

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

Always end strong.

“What do you mean?”

“In the context of speaking under pressure, I mean making your final words more powerful by imbuing them with energy and certainty.”

“What if I did abysmally?”

“The key is to finish strong regardless of how well you think you did.

I say ‘you think you did’ because we often have a distorted perception of how well we’re doing. We imagine the audience can see our internal turmoil.

They don’t.

It’s all in our heads.

In ending strong you’re projecting confidence, thus influencing the audience’s perception, and you’re internalizing confidence.

This is an idea I know from the brilliant speaking online course Ultraspeaking.

In the context of learning, I mean always ending with a quality rep.

In ending strong, you’re internalizing quality.

This is an idea adapted from Josh Waitzkin.

End your training session with a good rep, to internalize quality overnight.

I’ve expanded the idea to include not just the last training session of the day, but every training session.

I call the underlying principle uniting these two instances, Ending Strong.”


About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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