You want to make major advances in your Speaking or Acting or in your Life. Where do you start? With ACTING SKILLS. Seriously. I want to share something special I do with all my clients.
The Comfortable Exercise below is the first major step towards Great Speaking and Acting Skills and Great Living that I give to everyone of my speaking clients and actors.
You must experience this process for yourself to truly understand what it takes to be even better in what you do and who you are. It is the minimum required for interacting, connecting, reaching and empathizing with others.
I’ve had people say “Oh, I do that every day in my job any way.” And then they make a lame attempt at it.
It truly is important to commit to this process completely.
So I say to you, – you have NEVER done THIS before! Not the way you need to in order to soak it into your body, your soul and your emotions.
Because it requires full and total concentration and focus – the kind you’ve never used before and you’ll only be able to cover a fraction of it on this first attempt. You see, it requires a life time of practice to really understand.
For example, the “PRESENT” you have to BE is not the casual kind where you give only part of your attention to something. It has to be ALL OF YOU in THIS MOMENT, in your physical surroundings, in your body, in your senses, in your breath.
So I give you this assignment hoping you understand that it requires a depth of commitment and being you’ve never entered before. Because if you have, you would already be well on your way to being an amazing actor or speaker or artist. Because if you have, you’ll be grateful for this opportunity to do this again and again and again.
For 24 HOURS make EVERYONE you come in contact with, feel “comfortable” – not happy – but comfortable. Be clear about what that means.
You must be clear what “comfortable” means to you and to them.
Therefore, keep close watch to see that what you are saying and doing is making people comfortable. If it is not making them “comfortable”, try something different.
You must be PRESENT, FOCUSED, LISTENING ON ALL LEVELS OF YOUR BEING, ADJUSTING TO WHAT YOU RECEIVE FROM THE PERSON, TAKING YOUR TIME AND PUTTING YOURSELF IN THEIR SHOES.
This is your objective for 24 hours. You may not tell them what you are doing.
AND WHEN YOU FINISH THIS ASSIGNMENT, I HAVE ONLY ONE QUESTION. WHAT DID YOU LEARN?