Buried amongst sensible advice such as mirroring people's actions, framing the conversation correctly and speaking confidently, was this gem:
"Put a photo of you and a dog on your desk. This will give people the impression you're loyal to them and inspire them to be loyal to you."
Certainly not a tip that has been handed to me on any previous training I've been on, I have to say.
I wonder if the type of dog matters? If I had a picture of me and a rottweiler would people make different assumptions than me with a poodle? Would my career path have been vastly different had I kept said photo of myself and random dog on my desk from day one?
I guess some things are just destined to remain life's mysteries...