"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 power in your speech, the passion in your presentation, the variety in your words and images all are linked to YOUR BREATH.
GIVING VALUE AND MUSCLE TO EVERY WORD (even "the" and "and" and "a"). Nobody takes this seriously. And yet if you take a close look (which is my job) you will notice that you leave 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 leave the audience when you don’t USE EVERY WORD. You know what happens when you leave the audience? They’ve 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’s more - being present, focus, concentration, authenticity and the gift. I’ll discuss these in my next newsletter. Also in January there will be a guest article, “How to Learn a Monologue (or a speech)” by Jon Farley. It describes an approach he developed for learning a twelve minute (1600+ word) piece of text he will be performing.