In my previous blog I asked you to take more notice of when you improvise. It’s all the time, right?
Now you’ve realised how often you improvise, you’d probably like to polish up your skills. Want to find out more? Come to our next Pitch Perfect Club Night on 2nd October 2014. Book now!
In the meantime, here are two trade secrets:
Be present in the moment
If you want to share your knowledge then you have to be present. That’s really present. Not thinking about your next point, or mentally writing an email (or a shopping list!).
Being present will allow you to respond effectively whatever the situation. Try it. It works.
Listen with both ears and an open heart
How does it make you feel when you know someone has really listened to you? It’s a brilliant feeling, isn’t it? It makes me feel valued and appreciated.
You can choose to be more conscious of other people by being present and listening.
If you really listen – 100% tuned in – it will make a huge difference to your ability to think on your feet. When you are tuned in to someone else you will have the confidence to extemporise, connect and communicate. You’ll think on your feet, go with the flow, and perform at your best.
How can you improve your ability to be present and listen?
Simply by being conscious of the times during which you use these skills, you will improve them. It happens naturally when you learn to tune into people.
Would you like more tips about this? Check out my next blog.