Becoming an Aware Performer
so Michael has touched on this, but I want to be very clear. The think big revolution is entirely scripted word for word. Not all speeches are like that, But he scripted it, he memorized every word and then we slashed about 80% of it and you? Re scripted and memorized every word and we went through that process a number of times now. Not all speeches are like that, you may have a very clear outline of your speech and what you're going to cover. one of the things that a scripted speech gives you is the ability to bring more poetry in because often it's the language ng that, that is beautiful, that is so effective. That may not just naturally flow out of, doesn't flow out of my mouth anyway, but but it may not naturally flow out of your mouth and that can be incredibly effective. I see a lot personally, I see a lot of message speeches that I think do very, very well by being scripted. I'm gonna come back to Jill Bolte taylor. If you haven't seen it, you should see it and watch her. You c...
an tell she has rehearsed that puppy inside and out. He knows every word of it and the movie where she is on the stage, the blocking what she's doing with her voice. She creates different worlds within that speech. That's different from say book yourself solid where he knows the material inside and out. He will use the same phrases again and again. He's not going to change up the red velvet rope policy and call it the red protection cord or something like that, right? He uses the same language again and again, he has the same content but it's not scripted word for word because that content doesn't demand it in the same way. Does this make sense? As if it does? I know because I look a little crow magnum that my eyes are very far back in my head. So in certain light, I don't know if it's here, but in certain light you guys are lower than me so you can see, but if you're if you're in the same level and the light is hitting me here, I look like a raccoon, this is something I had to contend with all the time. Uh and when I do any kind of video work, when I was in the movies, the cinematographers would go, oh shit every time, every time because it's a pain in the neck, you got to figure how to like this guy from the bottom, you know? So yes, so I will I'm aware of that as much as I can, I'm not always, but if I do this all of a sudden it's gone right or you know, but then this you see a little bit more so it is something to think about and you start to learn how you're, the light bounces off your face, what your hair does, how it influences the angles that you can use, you know, doing this like through a whole speech is probably going to start to be problematic. And it's interesting because sometimes performers get the, get the bad rap of being vain or something like that. Um you know, is something that came up today, where we had more of my hair down and it was here and I was just aware that it was going to affect the angles that I was seen in or not, and that isn't about, it's not about vanity, you know, it's not about that, it can be about vanity for people, but as a performer you will become more and more aware, especially if you can see yourself on video of of what works, what helps you communicate Now, check this out. So I have this speech coming up this week and one of them is this 15 minute speech And there's something I'm gonna have them do at the end, that's really exciting, very physical, everybody will be up on the feet and it is, it finishes one minute before the end of the speech. So it finishes at 19 minutes. This is all choreographed. So instead of telling them to sit down, I'll just say stand exactly where you are when you see my hand raised, its immediately stop talking, stay exactly where you are, but stay standing. Okay Then I do my 30 seconds 45 seconds close, thank you very much and I get a standing ovation. So I always say I can guarantee a standing ovation for any speech. You ever give figure out a way to get them standing right before you finish. Thank you very much. They're standing, you got a standing ovation if you raise your hand, if you get evaluations, sometimes when you give a presentation, so here's a way to increase the score you get on your evaluations At the appropriate point you say. So there's gonna be an evaluation at the end and the evaluation is out of 10. Now you're a 10 out of 10 audience. 100%. I want to be a 10 out of 10 presenter for you. So here's what we're gonna do. Maybe you're at an eight right now, maybe you're out of 10 already, that's great. But let's just say you're in that you don't go lower than eight, let's say your other free. Okay, so let's say you're at about an eight or so, What's the thing that you want to hear from me that will get you to attend? And I am asking you to ask me that question. And if you don't ask me that question, you still got to give me a tent because I'm here to answer that question. You do it with charm and Grace. And and then they ask their questions. You've given the answer back.