foundational.. tangible.. concept-lite.. directional points to
remember when facing the unknown. Begin with an apparatus
relaxed, deep, easy and centered <•>
present, actively letting go of tension. <•>
holding, relaxed jaw, no furrowed brows. <•>
loose, shake them, feel them ready for action <•>
not planted. <•>
the room, focus on specific individuals - do this each time before
articulate, well-supported from the diaphragm, and calmly projected
to the back of the room. <•>
your content, but don't memorize it. Learn the shape
of your story, and cleave
to that contour like you were skiing down a mountain slope.
lose eye contact, don't cave in on yourself, lift yourself up
and extend outwards from your center.
unforced, in tune with the rhythm of your thoughts.
and unpredictable, always in the room, always aware of what's
happening outside and around you <•>
rhythms, punctuating thoughts, shifting emphasis and intensity.
to be yourself, to take chances, to make mistakes, to trust in
yourself and your audience.
appreciative of the opportunity, genuine interest (né wonder!)
in who these assembled people are, and your great good fortune
at being before them.
lose your humility or your beginner's mind, let go of control
and focus on riding the moment as best you can. When
you do that - the audience will know it and they will let you
know it too.