I want to know what people think. And feel. I want to be able to read a room. And then use that to either make more money, create relationships, have more success, make business deals, etc.

So I found Euny Hong and invited her on the podcast. She is the author of “The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success.”

Here’s a list of everything we talk about in this episode:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 3:38 | Imagine what life would be like if you couldn’t read a room. You’d be outcasted. But now imagine the opposite. You’re the best at reading a room and people and situations. That’s called “nunchi.” It’s a Korean phrase with a ton of benefits. I ask Euny to break them down for us.
  • 7:02 | How to get your nunchi back (if you lost it)
  • 10:10 | Learn from the greats. Hear how Steve Jobs and other business superstars use nunchi to run successful businesses
  • 13:00 | You see nunchi all around you. You can observe it. Hear how.
  • 15:45 | The first step to nunchi: when you walk into a room, be aware they’ve all been in the room longer than you
  • 18:46 | Every office has its own culture. And if you don’t develop nunchi, you’ll misread it. And it could cost you.
  • 25:11 | Another first step to nunchi: abandon your prejudices
  • 26:44 | How to stop having cyclical arguments
  • 29:33 | Why your intentions don’t matter at all
  • 32:00 | We all think we’re more emotionally intelligent than the average person. But that’s false. It’s a cognitive bias. And it stops us from developing better nunchi. Hear how to break the cognitive bias. Or at least become aware of it.
  • 34:51 | You already have the tools to develop nunchi. Euny explains how tapping into your five senses helps.
  • 39:03 | You change a room every time you walk it. Sometimes we don’t notice it. (That’s a sign of bad nunchi).
  • 41:16 | The power of silence
  • 45:30 | Quick ways to practice nunchi
  • 48:16 | When you should trust first impressions. And when you shouldn’t
  • 53:20 | Outro

Listen here.

James Altucher is the author of the bestselling book Choose Yourself, editor at The Altucher Report and host of the popular podcast, The James Altucher Show, which takes you beyond business and entrepreneurship by exploring what it means to be human and achieve well-being in a world that is increasingly complicated. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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