Presence: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation

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Penguin Adult, May 31, 2007 - Self-Help - 304 pages
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Everyone has known the feeling of being present. Babies and toddlers live there almost constantly. Great performers work in this state. Great athletes win in it. Great teachers teach in it. Every great communicator speaks from this place. It is when fully present that we do our best work and make our deepest impression on others. In her years as an acting coach, Patsy Rodenburg has discovered the secrets to that elusive quality actors call 'it'. There are three basic ways human energy moves between people and you can be in any one of the 'three circles' in any situation. In the first, your focus is purely inward, in the third, all your energy is moving outward. In the second you are focused, you give energy out and you receive it. You communicate spontaneously and listen well, you are generous and people are generous in return. And by working on your breath, posture, voice, language, listening skills, focus, courage and trust you can access the second circle on a daily basis. From difficult presentations or meetings to flirting to getting good service, your work, relationships, spirituality and passions will all benefit.

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As the former voice coach of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rodenburg has worked with such A-list thespians as Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. Here, she calls on her extensive acting knowledge to teach ... Read full review

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As Director of Voice at London's Royal National Theatre and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Patsy Rodenburg, OBE is recognized as one of the world's leading voice and acting coaches. She directed the Royal Shakespeare Company in London for nine years and her film credits include collaborations with such directors as Mike Nichols, Franco Zeffirelli and Sam Mendes. Her work has extended to many non-theatrical areas, including teaching voice and communication to business executives and lecturing on vocal care and listening skills at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. She has given courses for teachers and politicians and has taught Shakespeare as Therapy in British prisons.

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