09 Dec Favourite Exercises

Yorgos Lanthimos' film The Favourite is getting great buzz. Lanthimos wanted immediacy and authentic vulnerability from actors Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman. He achieved this outcome with three weeks of rehearsal, having the actors do seemingly goofy exercises like jumping from floor tile...

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30 Nov Game Changer

Last Monday night, one game broke records, wowed fans, and forged its place in football history. For fans of the LA Rams or the Kansas City Chiefs (both with 9-1 records this season), it was a nail-biter all the way. With continuous well-executed plays and...

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28 Oct The Bus Moment

Earlier this week we were training in New York for NPD, a market research firm. While in discussion with a group president, Tim directed us to prepare his leaders for their "bus moment." We were stumped. We'd never heard the term. Tim explained. "In leadership roles,...

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21 Oct Reading Signals

Melissa McCarthy, while touting her new film Can You Ever Forgive Me? called herself a "dinosaur" because she doesn't text, email or tweet. Instead, she observes human behavior and incorporates those insights into her characters. All well-trained actors, sketch artists, and scientists have highly developed...

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14 Dec The Authentic Amateur Wins

The difficulty for speakers stems from the belief that it is their responsibility to educate, inform, and then make sure the audience understands the topic. With this perspective, there is always the potential to add more content, especially if you want to be as thorough...

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12 Dec Private Speech

Years ago, while directing a play in Seattle, David was so frustrated that he rushed into the street and let loose an angry tirade to no one in particular. He was right at home with the other eccentrics and personality disorder sufferers. But when he...

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28 Nov Buddhist Monkzzz

For many years, humans have been fighting stress with exercise, diet and drugs. Still, we live in stressful times, and work exacerbates the pressure. But should we emulate Buddhist monks, clad in saffron robes, rice bowl in hand, counting their breaths? Daniel Kaufer, associate professor of integrative...

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