Category: Performance Fit

  • Bill was a nervous kind of a guy…

    Bill was a nervous kind of a guy. Had always been that way, always was, always will be.

    That’s why he hated this. The monthly meeting had been sent to torture him. Designed to make him sweat, in public. He hated it. Hate, hate, hate. Well, hate is a strong word. And he knew that thinking it was, maybe, not helping the situation. But ‘intensely dislike’ just didn’t cut it.

    It wasn’t like he needed to run the meeting or anything. He had hardly anything to do really. Just that one moment, towards the end, when Arundati would turn to him and say

    “And how about sales, Bill, how are we doing there?”

    And honestly he would die a little bit. An intense flush of red across his neck and ears made him uncomfortable. They could all see it. He knew that, he was sure they were all thinking about it. The worst bit was that he was sure they all thought it meant that sales were bad, that Bill was hiding something, that he wasn’t very good at his job.

    And that just wasn’t true. Bill was good at sales. One on one, coffee, regular catch ups. He was the master. He had so many loyal customers, and Arundati knew that, that’s why he was in this role. The numbers proved that. But God damn these meetings. Damn it.

    By Luke Hockley


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







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  • Performance Fit – FAQ’s

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    What is it?

    Performance Fit is a weekly class that helps people to improve how they communicate.

    Who is it for?

    The class is for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable and be more effective when they communicate.

    So tell me about this ‘Performance’ thing, surely that’s for Oscar winners, singer/songwriters and SYTYCD contestants?

    The “Performance” in “Performance Fit” is referring to any act where a human being is attempting to communicate with other human being(s). So the class is useful for both people who sit in meetings and need to get their point across and for someone trying to knock the socks of a judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

    Surely that’s impossible! Won’t the class be too hard/too easy for me?

    It is hard to believe but the class works for people of all levels (and even ages, 12 has been our youngest participant so far). It is designed for you to work at your own level, if you need more you can get more, if you need less you can get less. Seriously. That’s how it works.

    And “Fit”, that sounds a bit full on…

    The “Fit” bit refers to the ongoing, weekly practice of communication skills. Yes, communication involves the body (that’s how we communicate after all), so we move around and get warm. Again, how physical you get is up to you. If you are happy to go for a brisk walk or a run at the gym you will be fine. If you are very worried about starting exercise then it’s always a good idea to chat to your GP before strapping on the runners. If you are worried, it is all the more reason to get the all clear and come along! It will be one of the best ways back into fitness you could find.

    What happens?

    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.

    What do I wear?

    Loose comfortable clothing. You can wear runners or bare feet. Avoid skirts and pants that have no stretch in them. You are likely to work up a sweat. There are change rooms (they are not particularly glamorous).

    Should I book for the term or…

    Yeah, book for the term! Make the commitment. Coming weekly is where the benefits are at.

    Can I just drop in?

    Yep, each week’s class stands alone. You get more if you come each week. But you also get more if you come once than if you don’t come at all!

    Who teaches it?

    Luke Hockley (that’s me!). I am a performer and storyteller. Originally trained as a dancer I have since worked broadly in the Performing Arts. I have a B.Ed in Dance and Drama and am currently in my last year of training as an Alexander Technique Teacher. I am a communication coach and consultant on language, strategy and story. I get great joy in helping anyone improve how they communicate, whether they are a professional Dancer or an Executive in the Health sector. You can watch my videos, listen to my podcasts or read my articles on the Midnightsky blog

    How do I book…

    You want to go over here to book…

    Where is it?

    Class is at Collingwood College in Collingwood. Finding the room we are in can be a bit tricky (we are in either the Theatre or the Dance studio). If you pre-book we will have your details and can keep an eye on if you are lost or not!

    The street address is Collingwood College Theatre – Corner Campbell St and McCutcheon Way, Collingwood.


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  • Performance Fit – What should I wear?

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    Loose comfortable clothing. You can wear runners or bare feet. Avoid skirts and pants that have no stretch in them. You are likely to work up a sweat…There are change rooms (they are not particularly glamorous).

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