Preparing Your Mind for Stage Mastery
Become A Better Listener Of
It’s amazing what you can learn,
just by listening more! What should you listen for?
Everything and anything! Most of us get so caught up in
our own daily lives and our problems that we spend most
of our mental time solving those problems. We’re
worrying, strategizing and creating an image in our
minds of that worst-case scenario that we spoke about in
chapter one. Unfortunately, this pattern makes us
oblivious to all the sensory input that’s around us, and
there’s great value in that sensory input!
One of my favorite musicians is
the new-age sensation, Yanni. Now, Yanni tells a great
story about an occasion when he was in Venice, Italy,
and he was just sitting there, listening to the sound of
a nightingale that was perched on his window sill.
The nightingale has a very
distinct voice, a voice that’s very sweet and reaches
high into the musical registers. Yanni explained that
many years later, he came across a musical instrument
called the Chinese flute. When he heard the sound of
this instrument, it reminded him of the song of the
nightingale. He then wrote a magnificent piece of music,
using the Chinese flute as the focal instrument in the
song of the nightingale. If you’ve never heard Yanni’s
performance of “Nightingale” live, go to YouTube right
now and look it up. You’re guaranteed a captivating and
emotionally uplifting experience.
Again, you might ask what this
has to do with speaking. Once again, the answer is,
“Everything!” The world around you is filled with sounds
that can inspire you, sounds that can move you or uplift
you, that can balance you or anger you, and more. Listen
to nature, listen to people, and listen to the sounds of
the city and of the country. Take your headphones out of
your ears and just listen to life! When you learn to
listen to life, you’ll find more inspiration than you’ll
ever find in your iPod.
So, what’s the lesson? Listen to
life, and draw your inspiration from what’s already all
around you every single day.