"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.
THE COMMON NEGLECTED TOOLS
BREATH SUPPORT - Nobody takes this seriously. And yet the allure of your voice, the passion in your presentation, the variety in your words and the power of your images all are linked to YOUR BREATH. Breath (a good deep one) and then start slowly speaking letting the air push the words out.
GIVING VALUE AND MUSCLE TO EVERY WORD (even "the" and "and" and "a"). If you take a close look (which is my job) you will notice that you hide from the audience when you drop the energy in a word,. You leave the audience when you slur and glide over a word making it unimportant. You ignore the audience when you don’t USE EVERY WORD. And you know what? They have been waiting for an out. Just a couple of seconds of not caring enough about them and they’re gone. Is that what you want?
PAUSING AND SLOWING DOWN. Nobody takes it seriously. When I ask people to slow down and use pauses, most don't feel comfortable enough to really take this concept in as they feel exposed. It always takes me six or seven or more times to get them to slow way down and take much longer pauses. We think we're boring so we want to move it along. We don't realize that the audience is hearing our words for the first time and they need help digesting the new information we're giving them. They do that in the pauses.
I’ve talked about all this before, but it bears constant repeating, in new ways to bring it home, because it’s THAT important. I know. I’ve seen the results in my workshops and in my individual clients.
And there is more.
Artwork © Julie Davis 1998-2019