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PLAY THE SCENE: What speakers can learn from actors

There is an element of show to what we do. But while actors purposefully pursue this aspect of their
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PLAY THE SCENE: What speakers can learn from actors
By Kristian from Speakers Loft • Issue #19 • View online
There is an element of show to what we do. But while actors purposefully pursue this aspect of their art, speakers have sometimes spent more time in board rooms or on mountain tops. These places demand a different skill-set. We asked filmmaker and former TedX-producer Tricia Brouk of New York’s Speaker Salon what speakers can learn from actors.

The combination of ego, fear and comparison is devastating, Tricia tells us. She continues,
When you live in the trifecta of ego, fear and comparing yourself to others, you are not only hurting yourself, you are slowing down the process of you being amazing. 
I bring this to your attention, because as a director, one of my jobs is to observe. I watch and wait. I have to be patient with my actors because, they are also in process. I can’t expect perfection out of the gate. In addition to waiting, I also observe their insecurities, their behaviors and their achievements. I watch them. It’s my job. I may not love something they are doing, but I wait, because they may organically stop. Or not, and that’s when I decide it I ask them to change it. It’s the process.
I get a lot of questions in the process, in the room, like, “Do you want me to cross on this line? Do you want me to play this with more anger or sadness? Is this reading”. Purposefully, I often answer, “I’m not sure yet”. This is because sometimes, I’m not sure yet, and other times I want them to find it on their own, because they know the characters more than me. They are inside the characters.
Once I’ve waited for a while, if they are still stuck or need my support, I’ll direct. I’ll tell the actors what I want them to do and they do it. 
Being a speaker
It’s the same with my speakers. It’s exactly the same. The other thing that is exactly the same, is that when a speaker or an actor allows ego, fear and comparison to sneak into their worlds, everything begins to unravel. You cannot do your best work, when you are making it about you. 
This trifecta, not only keeps you stuck, it makes you crazy, frustrated and annoyed because you are no longer on your own path. 
When you veer onto someone else’s path, you absolutely cannot do the work you are meant to be doing. You cannot play two characters at once. You cannot be two speakers at once. Be the speaker you are meant to be. Stay on your beautiful and unique path and trust the process. It’s okay to not have all the answers yet.
Simply play the scene until it all makes sense. 
That’s all for now. I wish you tons of success in your business pursuits and remember that you have tons of speaker colleagues.
See you with a new edition in a week. Thank you for reading.

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