Category: Performance Fit

  • Performance Fit – Term 2 2014

    Performance Fit – Term 2 2014
    A weekly class for 5 weeks

    Mondays 6pm – 7pm
    28th of April – 26th of May 2014

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    What is it?
    A gentle and supportive way to get good at communicating with others.
    Performance Fit weekly classes help people to improve how they communicate. Participants book in for the term of 5 lessons that run once a week over 5 weeks on a Monday evening from 6pm – 7pm. It is also possible to drop in to any (or all) of the classes in the 5 week series.

    Who is it for?
    The class is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable and be more effective when they communicate. Including public speaking, professional performing, dancing, singing, job interviews and networking.

    Give me the details in a snapshot…
    Teacher: Luke Hockley
    Dates: 28th April – 26th of May 2014
    Time: Monday 6 – 7 pm

    Where: Collingwood College Dance Studio (at the Theatre); corner Campbell Street and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood. NB: The Theatre faces Campbell Street but you entre via the corner of Cromwell and McCutcheon near the open grassed area.

    Class outline

    Objective: You will develop the foundations for communicating authentically by:

    • Observing your thought and movement responses when communicating
    • Learning how to make choices about your responses
    • Building mindbody skills to improve how you move and speak

    During each session you will experience a series of activities that get you to move around, experiment with making sound and play with how you respond when you are in front of an audience. Specifically the class aims to help you better understand how your thinking and your movement are connected, how to say yes to yourself in order to get a better flow in your communication and how to cooperate with your body to speak and move more easily. This series is a good introduction to the principles of Performance Fit, it also is an opportunity to deepen your exploration of these ideas if you have previously experienced the Performance Fit approach.

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    Find out more about the Performance Fit approach…video herehere and some words here

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  • It started small…

    Sitting quietly she took it all in. All? That’s overstating things a bit. She listened to everything. She didn’t always understand what everyone was saying (there was a lot of guff) but she understood what was going on.

    It was in the pauses between words, the speed and accent, the rhythm of things. That’s how she knew what was going on. It was in their faces and gestures. Her sense of things was effortlessly accurate.

    So for a long time she drew her pictures in the margins of her notebook and felt inadequate.

    Putting these things into words was not her natural response. She could do it, but honestly she was better at drawing the picture. Initially this felt like failure. It felt like there was no space for her view. And that she was not pulling her weight.

    One day her boss worked it out. Got her to explain what the pictures all meant. She was pretty terrified; this could have gone very badly for her. But she discovered something…when she talked to the pictures things just kind of flowed. It was much easier for her. And her boss was no fool. She could see that it made sense, somehow cut through the crap. Landed. Perfectly.

    It started small. After important meetings they would meet for coffee and her boss would find out what was really going on in the meeting. They would explore the problems in a different light. Her boss found decision making started to become a little easier.

    Then, one day, with quite a bit of coaxing, her boss convinced her to share one of her pictures with the whole team. She almost couldn’t breathe. She knew it would be a disaster. That they wouldn’t get it, or maybe think it was childish (there was more than one MBA in the room after all), or worse think her ideas were plain wrong, stupid even. But she did it, mainly because she trusted her boss, wanted to help her, and if she thought this would work…

    There was a quite attention in the room that surprised everyone. It was a like a film of cling wrap had been removed and they could all feel the things they were trying to achieve just a little more crisply. A few people even felt a little emotional. A lot of them felt relieved.

    And it grew from there. Until one day someone new joined the team and it seemed unusual to all of them that they had to explain what was going on. Wasn’t this just how things were done?

    By Luke Hockley

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    Do you celebrate your communication strengths? Performance Fit may be able to help…

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  • A people person pencil…

    Lying on the table, between these two people, the pencil knew he had a unique perspective on this interview. Going for a job, that can be some pretty rough riding. And this ride, the one that was happening across the table above the pencil, well it was a doozey.

    The pencil liked the gig. He was a people person. So spending all day watching people try and conquer their nerves and actually demonstrate their capacity to do the job…well that was really something. A learning curve, if you will. But he couldn’t quite work out what was going on here.

    The woman answering the questions was impressive and impenetrable. An unsettling combination. What she was saying was dense with relevance but, he could tell from the brow of the woman asking the questions, that it wasn’t quite landing. That’s kind of a problem in an interview.

    It wasn’t until it changed that he saw what it was. Suddenly, almost imperceptibly, she changed something and the ideas started to hit their target. It was tangibly different. The pencil wondered why? What was different? All he could sense was the space, time…a breath between, that was it, she was letting ideas come to a conclusion. Putting in full stops, allowing ideas to be whole.

    The woman asking the questions brow changed, it lightened. The two of them started to enjoy each others company.

    The pencil was impressed. It wasn’t often that you got to see a ship turn on a dime.

    By Luke Hockley

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    Would you like to feel more comfortable when you are communicating? Performance Fit may be able to help… 

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  • Sisley Lowbank could see, partly hear, but mostly feel the 300 people waiting to hear her talk…

    From here, from this moment, she loved it. Loved every single piece of it. Standing here, on the side of the stage was when she found her feet again. She could see, partly hear, but mostly feel the 300 people waiting to hear her talk. And that was all she needed. She was on. She was amped up and ready.

    But then as she heard her self being introduced

    “…and Sisley Lowbank is here today to….”

    She had a thought that sent her back to the frenzied state that characterised the last 24 hours. Did she update the heading on the global infection rates comparison slide? It was the last change she had had to make and the bloody thing would have been perfect. Her mind started racing, who was in the audience that would notice?

    She was sure she had glimpsed Peter and Andrea’s faces, they always travelled together, so they had company as they politely eviscerated whatever was in their sights.

    And that was enough to taint the experience with discomfort for her. She didn’t even really want to be there anyhow. Andy was the real expert in this area, she had only put the submission in for this conference because she thought it would be good for the company, she though she would be able to convince Andy to take it on. And now she was going to look like an idiot. Humiliating.

    After the presentation, in the holding pen where everyone was getting cups of tea and avoiding the inevitable task of meeting each other Rebecca made her luck happen…

    “Sisley that was fantastic, thanks so much for your insights…”

    Sisley was taken aback; she smiled sweetly and felt humiliated. She knew it had been a train wreck and that this young woman was trying to take a little of the sourness out of the experience, she appreciated it, she really did, but when she knew she was bad this just made it worse…

    “Thanks, I felt under prepared…”

    “Really? No sign of that out here! How did you come to the conclusion that the research…”

    An awkward exchange rattled along for a few minutes and Sisley made her exit. Rebecca was left deflated. It was clear that she had not impressed Sisley, she had had her chance, she had admired her work for the last year and she had had this moment and, well, no go. Clearly, Rebecca thought, she had failed, had not asked the right questions or…whatever. She was not up to par for Sisley, and that was no surprise, today’s presentation alone put Sisley in another stratosphere, so she could kiss having her as a mentor goodbye.

    As Sisley walked away she felt grateful to the young woman who had tried so earnestly to boost her spirits after such a terrible performance. A thought occurred to her, quickly she looked around to catch her eye, Rebecca would be perfect for the new project team she was putting together, as she looked over her shoulder she saw her get in an elevator and disappear. She hadn’t taken her card, she knew nothing about which division she worked in…

    “I’m sure she will contact me…”
    Sisley thought
    “…she seemed so keen!”

    By Luke Hockley

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    Would you like to feel more confident when you are communicating? Performance Fit may be able to help… 

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  • Performance Fit – Foundation Course Term 1, 2014.

    A gentle and supportive way to get good at communicating with others.

    A short course of 7 lessons that run once a week over 7 weeks.

    Mondays 6:30pm – 8pm
    Feb 17th – March 31st 2014

    Short Course fee:

    Village price: $210 inc gst Midnightsky village members
    (To become a village member simply sign up for our newsletter).
    Full price: $250 inc gst
    Artists/Students Village price $140 inc gst

    Places are limited so…
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    What is it?
    Performance Fit – Foundations is a short course that helps people to improve how they communicate. Participants book in for the term of 7 lessons that run once a week over 7 weeks on a Monday evening from 6:30pm – 8pm.

    Who is it for?
    The class is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable and be more effective when they communicate. Including public speaking, professional performing, dancing, singing, job interviews and networking.

    Course outline
    Objective: To develop the foundations for communicating authentically by:

    • Observing your thought and movement responses when communicating
    • Learning how to make choices about your responses
    • Building mindbody skills to improve how you move and speak

    At the completion of the foundation course you will be able to identify what makes you uncomfortable when communicating, see your unhelpful responses in these situations and have skills in formulating a new response to replace the unhelpful responses.

    The classes build week by week upon the knowledge gained. Sessions are structured around your questions and interests. You are encouraged to explore and test the things you are learning in the course out in their ‘real life’.

    During each session you will experience a series of activities that get you to move around, experiment with making sound and play with how you respond when you are in front of an audience. Specifically the class aims to help you better understand how your thinking and your movement are connected, how to say yes to yourself in order to get a better flow in your communication and how to cooperate with your body to speak and move more easily.

    BOOK NOW

    Find out more about the Performance Fit approach…video here, here and some words here

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