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60 Mindful Minutes

Nov 9, 2017

Kostya Kimlat is a Ukrainian-American magician, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and business consultant who uses magic to help others understand the importance of perception in our daily lives. Learn more at



Having the ability to see other people’s perceptions of us is a powerful skill. We may not think about it much, but we are always “on,” which is to say that we are always being perceived by our audience (our spouse, our kids, our coworkers, our friends, etc.).

Tuning into our impact and bringing clarity to how we are perceived can help guide our actions in ways that help us to strategically create the result we are trying the create: the sale, the relationship, the feeling, or the moment.


Key Takeaways

  • Methods versus effects: there’s what we do and then there is the actual impact we have on others. Sometimes our intended impact and the actual effect don’t align.
  • The same principles of perception used by magicians to influence an audience’s thoughts and actions have been used by leaders to inspire, generals to lead, teachers to fascinate, marketers to sell, politicians to lobby, lawyers to litigate, parents to coerce and children to manipulate.
  • Laughter, surprise and joy create positive emotions that make occasions extra memorable.
  • Become a delighter. Bring more laughter, surprise and delight to those around you and you’ll live a rich life.


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