OK, before we move on from this intensive on POWER LISTENING, let’s review a few things.
First off it’s important to keep in mind that you’re not just doing exercises here; you’re growing in an important area of PROFESSIONALISM!
This VIDEO is a very good 3 minute RECAP and EXAMPLE of how powerful and important LISTENING SKILLS are. Not just important for ACTING but all RELATIONSHIPS… as well as GOOD BUSINESS in GENERAL. So, go ahead… give it a view!
I thought I’d take it a little easier on you this week by keeping things pithy using video, pictures, and color. The chart below illustrates and recaps WHOLE BODY LISTENING. It’s fun and simple and makes it somewhat easy to remember. It also helps drive home exactly how to use your ENTIRE BODY to listen more effectively. Try and commit it to MEMORY. And, remember, your EXERCISE this week is to OPEN UP YOUR ENTIRE BEING — and listen to LIFE (and everyone in yours), with ALL ASPECTS of YOURSELF.
A – S T R E T C H yourself!
B – (STRENGTHEN) those LISTENING MUSCLES!
C – Become a BETTER PERSON all around!
Next, it’s crucial to bear in mind that most all of this can be encapsulated in the word, CARE. To LISTEN WELL you must CARE about what you’re doing and who you’re in communication with.
- GET INTO IT
- BE FULLY INVOLVED IN PEOPLE
- BE FULLY PRESENT IN THE MOMENTS
- CELEBRATE more than TOLERATE
Do all of this and make it (not only) a LIFESTYLE — Make it the NEW YOU! A BETTER, MORE PRESENT, MORE CARING YOU. Keep in mind that an investment in OTHERS pays powerful DIVIDENDS! Take on the LISTENING CHALLENGE! The results may just surprise you.
THE ACTORS FREEWAY – [Your free weekly exercise.]
LISTENING WITH YOUR WHOLE SELF
Next time you find yourself in a conversation (or going into a conversation), make it a specific goal to apply all that we’ve covered in this blog post. Picture yourself as an ABSORPTION MACHINE. You know, a HUMAN SPONGE of sorts. Raise your CARE LEVEL and go for it! Here are a few bullets to help you along:
- Decide on an AMOUNT OF TIME to dedicate to the exercise
- Set an IN-POINT to begin
- Make yourself FULLY ATTENTIVE to whom you’re in conversation with
- Truly CARE about what’s being said
- CELEBRATE all that you can about the person you’re conversing with
- BURN SOME CALORIES (doing this correctly takes energy)
- At the CONCLUSION of the conversation set your OUT-POINT (indicating the assignment is over)
NOTE: You don’t just have to sit there and take it. You should be attempting to converse with the person. People are all different so you may want to try this a few times with a few different types of personalities.
TIP: Before going into the exercise, set your alarm (watch or phone) to go off 5 or 10 minutes from beginning. This way you can safe-guard yourself from getting in too deep and/or spending way too much time playing therapist.
BONUS — Wednesday Day Student, Lisa Luna thought you all would appreciate THIS READ. It’s not directly related to listening, just some good acting stuff!