Brainfluence

"Brainfluence" podcast hosted by Roger Dooley.

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Tightwads and Spendthrifts with Scott Rick

Tightwads and Spendthrifts with Scott Rick

In this episode of Brainfluence, Roger Dooley sits down with Scott Rick, author of "Tightwads and Spendthrifts," to delve into the psychological forces that shape our spending behaviors. Are you a tightwad who feels pain with every purchase or a spendthrift who can't resist a good deal? Scott Rick explains how these financial tendencies are formed, their impact on our happiness, and how they affect our relationships.

Listeners will learn about the "tightwad-spendthrift scale" and the psychological mechanisms driving these behaviors. Scott discusses the concept of "categorical thinking" and its influence on spending decisions, as well as the difference between frugality and tightwaddism. The conversation also covers demographic trends, the role of opportunity costs, and strategies to find a balanced approach to spending.

Tune in to discover where you fall on the spectrum and gain practical tips to manage your financial habits better. Whether you're looking to understand your own spending patterns or seeking advice on achieving financial harmony, this episode offers valuable insights for everyone.

Show notes, resources, links: https://www.rogerdooley.com/tightwad-spendthrift-scott-rick/ Book at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3z7Ep31

Scott Rick is a renowned author and behavioral scientist specializing in consumer financial decision-making. He is the author of "Tightwads and Spendthrifts," a book that delves into the psychological drivers behind different spending behaviors. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science and Marketing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a faculty member at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. His research focuses on the emotional and cognitive factors that influence consumer behavior, offering valuable insights for both individuals and businesses.

Negotiation Essentials with Keld Jensen

Negotiation Essentials with Keld Jensen

In this episode of Brainfluence we dive into the psychological triggers that influence decisions with negotiation guru Keld Jensen. Keld brings a wealth of expertise with 25 books to his credit and a career advising top organizations worldwide. In this episode, we explore not only business negotiations but also everyday scenarios where negotiation plays a crucial role—from family life to professional interactions.

Today, Keld will share his insights on the pivotal role of trust in negotiations, explaining why it's not just about the deal, but how you make the other party feel. Expect to learn how even your wardrobe can impact negotiations and why mirroring your counterpart might just build that crucial rapport. Keld also introduces us to his negotiation ethics code, emphasizing honesty and transparency—values that he believes should anchor every negotiation.

Keld discusses the complexities of virtual negotiations in today's digital world, like the challenges of engagement without physical cues, and how AI tools like chat GPT can revolutionize preparation and execution in negotiations. Keld's latest book is Negotiation Essentials: The Tools You Need to Find Common Ground and Walk Away a Winner

Show notes, text, audio, resources: https://www.rogerdooley.com/negotiation-keld-jensen/

Negotiation Essentials: https://amzn.to/44WA6TT 

Keld Jensen is an internationally recognized business and negotiation expert, advising governments and major corporations on optimized solutions for complex problems. With a background in sales and marketing and experience as a CEO of a publicly traded Scandinavian company, he teaches at top universities, including Baltic Management School, Aalborg University, and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Jensen has appeared on international TV over 200 times, contributed to major publications like Forbes, and founded MarketWatch Center for Negotiation Ltd. He has consulted for clients such as Vestas, Novo Nordisk, Johnson & Johnson, and UNICEF. A prolific author of 23 books available in 35 countries, he has over 2.8 million readers. In 2016, he was named one of the world's Top 100 Thought Leaders on Trust.

Mindstuck with Michael McQueen

Mindstuck with Michael McQueen

In this engaging episode of Brainfluence, we dive deep into the psychology of persuasion with Michael McQueen, an acclaimed speaker and author from Sydney, Australia. Michael shares invaluable insights from his latest book, "Mindstuck," exploring how we can master the art of changing minds in an ever-evolving world. He delves into why our instinctive reactions often override our rational thought, the impact of emotional and narrative-driven decision-making, and practical strategies for overcoming resistance to change. Whether you're looking to influence customer behavior, shift organizational culture, or simply understand the complexities of human psychology, this conversation will equip you with the tools to make a real impact. Tune in to learn how to navigate and reshape the way we think about change and persuasion.

Resources, text, video: https://www.rogerdooley.com/mindstuck-michael-mcqueen/

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3QkrxMF

YouTube: https://youtu.be/3W3OaLcJ9BQ

 

Micah Solomon: The Art of Exceptional Customer Experience

Micah Solomon: The Art of Exceptional Customer Experience

In this episode of Brainfluence, we welcome guest Micah Solomon, a renowned customer service expert, to explore the nuances of "Iconic Customer Service." Micah delves into the delicate balance between providing personalized service without crossing into intrusiveness, introducing his "gold touch" method as a way to enrich customer interactions. Throughout the conversation, they tackle various challenges companies face, such as the ones Princess Cruise Lines encounters in delivering personalized service. Importantly, Micah emphasizes the significant impact of language on brand identity and the intricate relationship between customer service agents, AI, and customers. Micah describes the importance of employee happiness in creating a positive customer experience, advocating for fair compensation and thorough empathy training. Furthermore, Solomon discusses the adoption of technology to create anticipatory and seamless customer experiences, insisting on keeping it unobtrusive to maintain human-centric service. Micah Solomon's new book is, "Can Your Customer Service Do This?," which delves deeper into his principles of creating customer service that's not only responsive but also anticipatory, ensuring that loyalty lasts forever.

Show notes, resources, audio, text: https://www.rogerdooley.com/micah-solomon-customer-experience/

Book: https://amzn.to/3QdhFo1

 

The Psychology of Pricing with Leigh Caldwell

The Psychology of Pricing with Leigh Caldwell

In this Brainfluence episode, we explore pricing psychology with Leigh Caldwell, a seasoned behavioral economist and pricing strategist. Leigh joins us to shed light on the true essence of pricing – it's more than just numbers; it's about crafting positive customer experiences in a profitable way. In our discussion, we delve into the relationship between cost and value, and how businesses often undervalue their offerings.

Leigh reveals effective ways to appeal to diverse customer segments through varied pricing strategies. We also dive into the psychology behind discounts and negotiations, examining the trade-offs customers make for a good deal. We also discuss supermarket strategies. We'll analyze how stores like HEB, Trader Joe's and Aldi use product combinations to catch consumer attention and convey value. Leigh introduces innovative concepts in behavioral economics, including "subjectivity as a factor of production" and the "system three approach," which expands on the conventional intuitive versus conscious decision-making models. We even discuss the curious concept of a "chocolate teapot" - a concept familiar in the U.K. but that might mystify our U.S. audience.

Show notes and resources: https://www.rogerdooley.com/leigh-caldwell-pricing/
The Psychology of Price: https://amzn.to/3Uivbt9
The Irrational Agency: https://irrationalagency.com/

Leigh Caldwell is a behavioral economist and pricing expert with 10+ years of experience in applying behavioural science commercially. He is the creator of the System 3 methodology, author of The Psychology of Price, and a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences.

Design Your Business to Run Itself with Mike Michalowicz

Design Your Business to Run Itself with Mike Michalowicz

In today's Brainfluence episode, we have the brilliant and hilarious entrepreneur, Mike Michalowicz, as our guest. Mike has built and sold multi-million dollar businesses, experienced the trials and tribulations of losing everything, and has since become a successful author, speaker, and entrepreneur. His latest book, Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself - Revised and Expanded, is all about achieving true entrepreneurial success by creating a business that can operate seamlessly without relying solely on the owner. In this episode, Mike explains the importance of taking a four week vacation as a test for a business's ability to run itself, the concept of the Queen Bee Role, and the 4 Ds of building a successful business. Whether you're an entrepreneur or part of a larger organization, this episode offers valuable insights on how to achieve true entrepreneurial success. Tune in now to learn from the brilliant mind of Mike Michalowicz! Show Notes, Resources, Transcript: https://www.rogerdooley.com/mike-michalowicz-23-clockwork/ Mike Michalowicz is a well-versed expert in business studies. He has immersed himself in studying businesses of all sizes and strongly believes in the principle that these enterprises primarily operate on monthly cycles - from revenue generation and service provision, to employee management and book closing. One interesting theory he posits is the unique ability of a business leader to take a four-week break while ensuring the business runs smoothly in their absence. He suggests that if a business runs successfully during this period, theoretically, it underscores that the leader could step away indefinitely. In Michalowicz's view, this isn't a mark of redundancy but rather an opportunity to elevate oneself to a more strategic thinking role. His business acumen and insightful theories make him a powerful resource for business leaders and owners.

What Your Employees Need and Won't Tell You with Melina Palmer

What Your Employees Need and Won't Tell You with Melina Palmer

In this podcast episode, host Roger Dooley interviews Melina Palmer, author of What Your Employees Need and Can't Tell You, about change initiatives in companies. They discuss the misconception that 70% of change initiatives fail and the importance of approaching change thoughtfully. Melina emphasizes the significance of small, everyday changes and micro-decisions that influence employees' reactions to change. They also explore the impact of employee engagement on successful change, the importance of creating the right environment for change, and the barriers to employee engagement. They touch on Elon Musk's approach to change at Twitter and the power of small steps in achieving change. The conversation also delves into cognitive biases and their impact on the change process, as well as conflicts and stereotypes between different departments within organizations. Melina suggests building connections across departments and fostering a sense of unity to overcome these challenges.

Show notes, video, text, resources: https://www.rogerdooley.com/melina-palmer-employees/

Video: https://youtu.be/v_X5Cg6MniA

Book: https://amzn.to/3YHPJvb

Melina Palmer is the founder and CEO of The Brainy Business, which provides behavioral economics consulting to businesses of all sizes from around the world. She has contributed research to the Association for Consumer Research, Filene Research Institute, and runs the Behavioral Economics & Business column for Inc Magazine. Her podcast, The Brainy Business: Understanding the Psychology of Why People Buy, has downloads in over 170 countries and was named the #1 psychology podcast people in business should listen to by Psychology. Melina’s first book is What Your Customer Wants (And Can’t Tell You).

REWIRED with Dr. Carl Marci

REWIRED with Dr. Carl Marci

In this fascinating episode of Brainfluence, pioneering neuromarketer Dr. Carl Marci discusses how modern technology is impacting our brains. He shares insights from his new book Rewired, explaining how excessive smartphone use and constant multitasking are reducing productivity, increasing anxiety/depression, and rewiring our neural pathways in concerning ways. Marci provides concrete examples of how tech “superstimuli” exploit the brain’s reward system, making constant distraction hard to resist. While acknowledging the benefits of technology, he advocates balancing human connection and focus. Marci offers perspective as both a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, blending the latest research with clinical insights. This is an eye-opening exploration of how we can optimize technology’s advantages while avoiding its potential mental health costs.

Show notes, resources, audio, text: https://www.rogerdooley.com/carl-marci-rewired/

REWIRED book: https://amzn.to/3rSNFV9

Dr. Carl D. Marci is physician, neuroscientist, author and entrepreneur. He is currently a Chief Psychiatrist and Managing Director of Mental Health and Neuroscience at OM1, a ventured-backed health technology real-world data company. He is also part-time staff psychiatrist at MGH and part-time Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marci has worked at multiple early stage health technology and mental health delivery companies in the past. He has extensive training health research, the use of biological measures and the neuroscience of emotion through two National Institutes of Health fellowships. He holds seven US patents, has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed science journals, gives lectures regionally, nationally, and internationally and is a leader in the fields of social & consumer neuroscience and digital health. Dr. Marci is also a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

 

The JOLT Effect with Matt Dixon

The JOLT Effect with Matt Dixon

In this podcast episode, Roger Dooley chats with Matt Dixon, author of The JOLT Effect and founding partner of DCM Insights, about the concept of effortful experiences and the impact of customer indecision on sales. They discuss how companies often create friction and wasted effort for customers, despite knowing it is detrimental. Matt shares examples and insights on understanding the impact of customer effort on loyalty and how to fix it. They also delve into the problem of customer indecision in sales, exploring the reasons behind it and providing strategies for salespeople to overcome it. Matt introduces the JOLT framework and discusses key behaviors that can help salespeople close the sale.

Show notes, resources, audio, text: https://www.rogerdooley.com/matt-dixon-jolt/ 

Matt Dixon is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of three of the most important business books of the past decade: The Challenger Sale, The Effortless Experience and The Challenger Customer. He is also a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review on sales and customer experience. He is a founding partner of DCM Insights, a boutique consultancy focused on using data and research-backed frameworks to help companies attract, retain, and grow their customers. Previously, he has held numerous global leadership roles at organizations like Tethr, Korn Ferry Hay Group, as well as the research firm CEB (now Gartner).

Bio of Brainfluence

"Brainfluence" is a podcast hosted by Roger Dooley, the author of "Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing." The podcast explores the intersection of psychology, behavior research, neuroscience, and marketing, providing actionable insights and strategies to increase persuasion in various areas of life.

In each episode, Roger Dooley shares brain-oriented tactics and practical advice based on research in neuromarketing. He dives into topics such as consumer behavior, leadership, and everyday life, offering valuable insights for individuals looking to enhance their persuasive abilities.

The podcast features a wide range of guests, including best-selling authors and thought leaders in the field. Notable guests who have appeared on the show include Robert Cialdini, Dan Pink, Guy Kawasaki, Jonah Berger, Chris Brogan, Maria Konnikova, and many more. Their expertise and experiences provide additional perspectives on applying neuromarketing principles effectively.

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