Week 5 – Section 1 – Learner Reflection & Practice

Learner Reflection & Practice

If you were to observe a presenter deliver the same material a 1/2 dozen times and each time they employ a different combination of tools in their delivery, you would no doubt have an opinion about which rendition was best. You might describe the rendition that was in a Quarter Turn on a forward Plane as being the best or the rendition that was delivered with an extended linear gesture in Full Front. Inevitably, you will probably find a couple of renditions to be ineffective in supporting a strong or appropriate delivery. As you are trying to decide what combination might be an effective set of tools for your own delivery, it is useful to understand how a Point of Influence can be a strategy for initiating a new pattern that works best for your presentation material. Based on the Outcomes you want to achieve and the Intentions you are striving to act on, there are probably one or two combined sets of tools that do the job. In order to discover how a Point of Influence might be effective, choose a section of material to practice with and change only one tool as you deliver that text. Observe how that one shift changes the use of other tools across your system.  For instance, a Basic or Wide Stance will lower your vocal pitch which in turn may influence the tone of your delivery. Employing linear gesture will most likely result in improved articulation and operative word emphasis, which may add a formality to your presentation. In practicing this concept, you become aware of the nuance available to you in using your toolset to meet your Outcomes and support your Intentions.

Orienting your Line Focus in a Quarter Turn naturally invites connection and a more narrative interaction. When that orientation connects with a wide audience, you are a part of a Triangular Focus Relationship. Observe this configuration in discussions and interactions you are a part of throughout your day. How do you respond to and communicate with others in a Triangular Focus configuration? Are you more willing to communicate, or are you uncomfortable in this shared focus configuration? Start to observe how you employ orientation in groups.

Practice initiating a Triangular Focus Relationship to facilitate a dialogue between parties, draw and share focus at the same time, to be inclusive, or to actively invite another person or group to join in a communication. The Triangular Focus Relationship can also be configured in a virtual environment. Remember, the camera remains static. Arrange yourself and a display or object of focus in your environment that you want to include in the interaction into a Quarter Turn position.




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