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How to Create Energy and Captivate Your Audience Like a DJ

How to Create Energy and Captivate Your Audience Like a DJ
The energy was electric--even though we had been waiting five hours for French DJ David Guetta to come on stage at Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas. Recently named #65 on Forbes Highest Paid Celebrities, he put on a remarkable performance, and the crowd was captivated.


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DJ Methods to Create Energy & Captivate Your Audience

DJ Methods to Create Energy & Captivate Your Audience
  • Location. Consider the place, temperature, space, and ambiance.
  • Involve your audience. Ask them questions or start with ice-breakers or activities.
  • Remember the triple-three rule. Amaze them with your introduction. Discuss three most important points. Make a great impact with your conclusion.
  • Go in and go out with a bang. Cut the inane ramblings when you first appear on stage and start with a bang and have a memorable final message.
  • Leave them wanting more. Ruthlessly pick your play list and stick to it.
  • Use technology that works. Test the technology ahead of time. Also have a technical expert at the ready.





The Science of Memory

  1. Encoding - the stage when the brain consciously acknowledges information based on our senses. When we attach meaning or factual knowledge to any of this sensory input, that'...

Lifestyle Changes That Can Improve Memory

  • Get a good night's sleep or take a power nap after learning something new, to help retain and retrieve memories better. Sleep deprivation and acquisition of too much information will not help you save those memories.
  • Get moving, to improve the flow of oxygen-rich blood in your brain and to trigger neuron growth and new connections in the brain - critical for memory.
  • Improve your diet. Fats from food can build up the brain, resulting to poor blood flow.


Any system or device designed to aid memory:

  • patterns of letters or words (common mnemonics)
  • ideas (memory palace)
  • associations (chunking)

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The curse of knowledge

... is a cognitive bias that causes people to fail to account for the fact that others don’t know the same things that they do. 

Why we experience the curse of knowledge

Since we spend the majority of the time experiencing things from our own perspective, we struggle to imagine the perspective of others.

The curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias that makes it difficult for people to account for the fact that other people’s thoughts, beliefs, and views are different from their own.

Minimize the curse of knowledge

You need to be conscious of the fact that people have different levels of knowledge than you.

  • Ask for feedback from the people you are communicating with, in order to confirm that they understand what you are saying.
  • Make sure that you explain the technical terms and concepts that you use as you are using it.

Elon Musk

"Well, I do think there’s a good framework for thinking. It is physics. You know, the sort of first principles ..."

Elon Musk

First principle vs. analog thinking

  • First principles thinking: actively questioning every assumption you think you know about a given problem or scenario  and then creating new knowledge and solutions from scratch. 
  • Reasoning by analogy: building knowledge and solving problems based on prior assumptions, beliefs and widely held ‘best practices’ approved by majority of people.

Elon Musk's 3 steps Principle Thinking

  1. Identify and define your current assumptions;
  2. Breakdown the problem into its fundamental principles;
  3. Create new solutions from scratch.