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Barbara Kite
February 23, 2011
 

Important Date Change

The Great Speakers and

Acting Skills Workshop

originally scheduled for Friday, March 4th


has changed to:
Friday, March 11th  10AM - 4PM

to allow more people time to register (and to take advantage of the extended discount period as well).

More Information


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GREAT SPEAKERS KNOW THE
CHILD WITHIN

Child Within?

What does that have to do with public speaking?


Great Speakers have an abundance of imagination, passion, authenticity, focus, commitment, joy and heart. And that it is directly connected to their ability to tap into the child within.

The other night, I conducted another amazing Acting Class and it reminds me of the skills public speakers need in order to be great.

Be A Five Year Old.

Everyone found a spot on the floor and began imagining their five year old space and whatever popped up was then worked on; tying shoes, waiting for Dad to come home after being bad, setting up toys like soldiers, ballerinas, etc., waiting for a friend to come over and play, hitting someone who took their toy away and on and on.

Everyone learned that they restrict themselves as adults and the excitement is squelched because we are grown ups who are not allowed to express our feelings in an authentic way. What a pity. Our heads guide us toward what is acceptable, safe and ordinary. And as years go by we make the rules more and more rigid and the child is no longer heard.

The passion, the joy, the commitment, the imagination, the excitement of the child is so necessary in great public speaking. Have you lost touch with yours? Where do you go to re-learn to be authentic, to see anew, and to play again, engaging others in the excitement of life?

I ask for 10 minutes of your time.

Because you can’t THINK what it was like to be a child and try to re-capture it.  You can’t IMITATE your childhood phrases or actions or words and expect to re-capture the child within.  You have to get down and dirty JUST LIKE ACTORS DO.

You have to put it into the present time and be the child. That means you set some time aside – 10 to 15 minutes.  Find a quite place.  Yes, I know, that doesn't really exist, but think of the rewards.

  • Focus and concentrate (another important aspect of public speaking) on your task and nothing else.
     
  • Now start imagining your surroundings.  You don't have to be exact, just go with whatever pops into your head (the subconscious is where your creativity lives).  If the colors in your room can't be remembered, just toss in whatever comes up, because it will be there for a good reason.
     
  • It can be a different age, 10 or 2.  It doesn't matter.
     
  • Now start to play.  Don't force, just let it come to you.
     
  • If it's difficult and you start thinking – DON'T.  Just pick up a toy and start playing and talking to yourself out loud IN THE PRESENT, as if it's happening right now.

Be brave.  Be adventurous.  Be silly. 
Be amazed.

Commitment, Focus, Imagination, Letting Go, letting it happen to you instead of making it happen, freedom, authenticity, seeing for the first time and being present (absolutely important for public speakers) are just some of the rewards.

Without releasing the child, you will continue bringing your head, and not your heart, to your communication.
 

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"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.



“There is a difference between hearing and listening, and the distinction is anatomical.  Hearing is basic and physical.  Listening is complex and cognitive . . .  The process starts with attention and then extends into the complex cross-referencing of the brain, including memory, perception, images, thought, imagination, and consciousness.  The pathway travels from sensation to feeling to imagination to thought . . .   Listening is an action.  It is an encounter with the world . . . listening is a creative act, and it can be an act of love.”
~ Anne Bogart
 

The Wild Women Society web site will have pictures of their last event, where I had the privilege of speaking.  Run by Della Rae, it gathers some talented and vibrant ladies. www.thewildwomensociety.com

I just finished a series of private workshops with some very smart, creative, willing to learn new tricks executive producers at Oregon Public Broadcasting.  I truly wish all my clients were this terrific.


Would you like more Information on or would like to register for The Great Speakers and Acting Skills March 11th Workshop ? Visit my website www.barbarakite.com.

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