I believe in the power of communication. The way we interact and present ourselves can thwart our dreams or allow us to soar.
Until my mid-twenties, I was convinced communication was unteachable. Some people seemed to just have “it” while others didn’t. This belief concerned me, sometimes keeping me up at night. If we couldn’t change how we communicate with each other on a micro level, how could we possibly elevate macro discourse between disparate cultures, races, communities, or countries?
Thankfully I stumbled upon a two year acting program called The Sanford Meisner Technique, and was proven wrong. Watching my fellow students, I quickly learned if you weren’t born with it you could most certainly absolutely learn it! I was inspired.
The Sanford Meisner Technique taught me three critical lessons.
With quality instruction, can learn to…
...identify the deepest feelings of others and themselves.
...react mindfully to those feelings.
...use this ability to impact how they are perceived and received.
Today I combine the The Meisner Technique with other methodologies, but the basic tenets of my approach to teaching communication are built squarely on the foundation I adapted from Meisner’s work.
The results continue to amaze me. Shy clients find their voice, unintuitive clients discover true empathy, and conflict averse clients learn how to look someone in the eye and command attention. As communication is transformed, professional and personal lives transform as well.
Learning to communicate powerfully and effectively is always a profoundly personal process, and is often quite vulnerable. This is why I’ve created a specific andragogical approach for my audiences and clients. My work is research based, hands-on, and highly personal, but just as importantly it is fun, safe, and welcoming for all.