I happened to see a bit specific movie today. It's called "Rhetoric". As you may guess, the subject of the movie is how to learn to speak well . I believe this movie is the product of new russian guru. I observe the great activity of such a kind of persons during the last 2 years in Moscow.
Russians have eventually built their own crippled copy of the capitalism. People don't want to be involved in policy anymore, instead they wanna make money "here and now". The so called
small-scale business is steadily growing, because the biggest valuable parts of former soviet industry are already taken. As a consequence the amount of small-scale business leaders is growing too. Many of them are trying to improve their personal abilities. The rest of chances to get wealthy are just negligeble.
I'm aware of the new russian guru's activities rather well. They all are basing on the "modern" (for ordinary Russians it's so) psychological achievements such as NLP, Erickson hypnosis etc. The use of science to convince someone of your own authority is typical of them. I don't disapprove
the reference to science, but I demand that they represent scientific results in the manner of science. It implies full review of existing standpoints and the references to original results.
The guru I saw today tried to surprise rather than convince. He tried to convince with the help of visual and nonverbal facilities, arbitrary conjectures.
He offered the usual way to surmount a fear for public speech: if you'll make the action you fear for, you won't be killed or injured. You won't be even funny. Everything will be OK.
But I think he's wrong. You are spending time in every action. So you always loose time and sometimes win something.