This glossary provides definitions of theatrical, cognitive science, and psychological words and phrases used in this book and by Eloqui in communication training.
aesthetic distance: The distance from the speaker to the audience. Determining this is subjective and dependent upon the size of the room. A speaker should never crowd listeners or make them uncomfortable, but if positioned too far from the audience the connection is lost.
amygdala: The oldest part of the brain. Novelty and surprise activate it, making it pay attention and record details. Also called the “fear filter” or “self-defense mechanism.”
anecdote: A short account, story, or narrative of an event. Not to be confused with antidote which is used as a remedy ...