November 23, 2010
*(see Meryl Streep at Barnard BELOW)
“Now, now, now, now…”
A core skill needed for acting and speaking (and life) is to be present.
... How does that work?
... What are the results?
... How do you learn to do it?
How does it work?
Focus on NOW – what surrounds you, what you see, smell, taste, touch, hear - RIGHT NOW.
Concentrate fully on this moment in front of you, not ahead or past.
Eye communication with your partner, audience, surroundings is needed. That means listening fully, on all levels to them and letting it all in without filtering, judging, reflecting, processing, tension.
It means letting go of your expectations, fears, thoughts (not images, but thoughts that take you away from the here and now) and distractions.
Open up and have empathy for it all.
What are the results?
An energy/empathy that vibrates with the human condition, with the essential commonality of us all, touching that powerful place in yourself and others and speaking to it, breathing it in and giving it back.
How do you learn it?
There is no way to truly connect without being present in a concentrated, focused way. It is easier said than done. I suggest practicing while doing a simple task such as brushing your teeth.
The first step is always relaxation which means deep breaths in (for a count of 4) holding the breath (for 7 counts) and breathing out (for 8). Do this three times slowly. Then focus on NOTHING but the brushing for 3 minutes.
The next step would be to put it into practice with people. I have an exercise I give new clients to do that requires being present with everyone you meet for 24 hours and the results are often remarkable.
I would love to hear from those of you who remember doing this exercise and
what you learned from it.
IN EVERY NEWSLETTER I WILL ATTEMPT TO FIND ONE SPEECH YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO. THIS ONE IS MERYL STREEP AT BARNARD COLLEGE
What did you learn?
"Creativity is an Act of Bravery"
My energy is dedicated to supporting the dangerous artist, the authentic speaker, and all other adventurers brave enough to go outside their comfort zone to explore the extraordinary that lives in them.
Speaking of former participants in my Great Speaking and Acting Skills Workshops, I have finally submitted to numerous requests for
FOLLOW UP WORKSHOPS.
TO REFRESH, REMIND, READJUST, REWORK THE BASICS AND MOVE TO YOUR NEXT LEVEL
Follow Up Workshops will deal with just those elements.
Bring a speech, bring the beginnings of one.
Send me what you are working on and come be coached with others working similarly.
Learn by doing and watching and sharing.
Start you own group outside of the Follow Up Workshops.
Well discuss monthly meetings to facilitate all your needs, questions and challenges. Come and create a place for the great speaker in you.
FIRST WORKSHOP - DECEMBER 3
3294 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 2nd floor
Two Sessions Available
(limited to 5-6 people p/session)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. OR
6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Contact me to sign up: