And there it was! Listening translated into Action!
A recent customized keynote I delivered revealed a unique understanding of what it really means to listen.
The prep for this feisty group of healthcare education workers included discussions with their leaders. Key to the customized content was the group’s Values, shared by their general manager.
Values. A clear explanation for all business Actors on how they are supposed to act in their business.
On the list of six compelling “We Are” statements was “Great Listeners – eager for feedback, better ideas and diverse perspectives.” Aha! I now know that if I am to join their production, I must act like a great listener!
Hold on. Do I know how to do that? If a director told me, “Corey, you are a great listener in this role” would I know what to do? How to play it out?
But wait! The first bulleted item under this organization’s Listen value was the real key to how I am to act. It read, “To listen is to embrace.”
There it is! A translation of an activity (listen) into an Action (embrace). I can play that! And in rehearsal, I would explore the full range of “embracing”, from physical to mental in order to fulfill the most compelling role of Great Listener possible.
In the keynote, I held up the paper high with their values for the whole audience to see, highlighting the discovered phrase. I found myself jumping up and down with excitement in front of them. Why so enthused? Because, after hearing from many groups for years that listening is critical to being a great business Actor, someone finally translated that activity into an Action, something I can actually do!
What do you think you do to someone, your Audience, when you listen to them? What is the Action you’re playing? Does embrace work for you? How about honor, respect or fortify?
When you’re told by your “director” that you need to behave a certain way to be more effective, translating that quality into Action is critical to your successful performance. And you directors–are you helping someone with their performance by translating desired qualities into what your Actors can actually do?
No biggie–it’s just the difference between sort of playing “at” something (could appear fake!) and actually, authentically playing the desired role.
Your stage. You’re performance. And with authentic Action in play, you’re on!
If you or your group wants to clear distraction and get to Action, consider an invigorating customized keynote or workshop with me. Use the Contact tab above to get it rolling!