Listen to the story
“Technological advances have created new opportunities for people to falsify video footage, but we still know surprisingly little about how individuals process political video versus text. Before we can identify strategies for combating the spread of deepfakes, we first need to answer these more basic questions about the role of video in political persuasion.”
How to optimize communication
But what if we transfer this result to business communication, the conclusion is that there is no magic media format that optimize communication, but a media mix thereby is the way forward. The second reflection is that content is still king, that is where the core of where the message’s persuasiveness is located. However, new research from East China Normal University focused on how successful storytelling can synchronize brain activity gives interesting results. Since it shows that sharing a happy story increases feelings of closeness and synchronizes brain activity between the receiver and the sender.
Happy or Sad story
This means that generally, a positive happy story is more persuasive than a negative sad story. In business communication, this is good news. Since it mostly is directed on information about the company’s products, services, vision and organisation, which you want to show as positive as possible. But it gives much more headache for the producer of fake news since it mostly focuses on bringing down political opponents. Unfortunately, besides those who simply do not know or do not care, the hand too often seems much quicker than the mind. In other words, the synchronization of the brain activity begins too late.