Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

August 2, 2012

No One Likes A Weirdo.

That’s just how we’re wired. If you aren’t relatable it’s impossible for your message to connect.

This is where religion goes wrong.  Politics too.

If you can’t relate to an idea or a belief then you naturally come to the conclusion that it is weird.

You don’t think your ideas are wrong. The only conclusion your brain allows is that the other person is wrong.

That’s how your brain is wired.

The slightest trigger can make a simple concept seem complex and out of place.

The wrong body movement. The wrong facial gesture.

If the other person’s brain can’t correctly interpret what you are trying to communicate, then it seems weird.

It’s important to remember when giving a presentation, delivering a sales pitch, a keynote address, or just having a one-on-one conversation with someone on your team.

If your message is not understood, then you are the weirdo.

Keep that in mind when talking to peers, prospects, or one-on-one with team members. Just because you think a concept is simple doesn’t mean that everyone else within earshot has a clue what you are trying to say.

If you don’t keep it simple then you just sound like a weirdo.

And that’s not a good place to be able to do something amazing.

Think about that the next time you don’t think those around you aren’t “getting it”.

Maybe it’s you who is the weirdo.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.