Welcome to the guest blog.
As part of the expansion to help more people tap into their unique talents to communicate, connect and come alive, I've decided to include other voices on the website. I hope the ideas here will help you in your business and in your life. Enjoy!
All my best,
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Traditional wisdom has always relegated stage presence to two categories: the born-with-it category and the life experience category. In drama class in college I was taught that some people have natural presence. For those of us who don’t, hard work and many years of experience on the stage can help us build presence. I think this is a defeatist attitude. Presence is a consequence of confidence. Confidence is a consequence of many things. Experience is definitely one of them but psychological conditioning can help build confidence much more quickly. I’m a big proponent of the “as-if” strategy: if you act as if you have confidence, your audience won’t know the difference.
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If you’ve seen Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, you’ve seen a presentation at its best. Yes, in the aftermath of its big splash there was some debate about Gore’s facts, and while the scientific consensus is that global warming is dangerous and real, he undermined his message with exaggerations (slight but real). But barring that obvious gaffe (and we can learn from that too) he managed to present a mountain of information in a digestible, moving, package—a call-to-action that motivated hoards of people, and that still manages to invoke passion and outrage. That is the hallmark of a powerful speech, something we should all try to emulate in our own work.
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Business people can learn a lot from actors. As anyone who has been in a school play knows, acting is harder than it looks. It takes a lot more than learning lines and blocking to do it well. You have to listen. You have to get your mind in the game. The best actors transform themselves into their characters. They move through a scene as if each line were a revelation.