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BEING vs. ACTING

Nov 16, 2021

When meeting a new group of business professionals for training, I usually start with this question - What comes to mind when you think of Acting and Business Communications? I ask this question because my Communications System is founded on a specific system of Acting that I've been working within and a master of for over three decades. Inevitably I hear answers like "Acting helps for you have to take on a role at work that's not you," "Acting helps to get showmanship in your presentations," "Acting pushes your ability to be what you're not, and in business, many times you have to be what you're not," and so on. Each of these answers makes me cringe. My work is the 100 percent opposite. Any time you're "acting," you're faking it. The reason why you're faking it is for one reason and one reason only; you believe the reality you are experiencing at that moment is not valid enough. Once you invalidate your truth, you're communicating to your audience that you do not trust them to see...

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Nov 15, 2021

I am writing this blog to point out some key parallel points between business communication and a recently watched documentary.

I enjoy watching documentaries. When done well, any topic interests me. Zac Efron is a well-known actor, performer, and celebrity. I enjoyed his work most when he played opposite Huge Jackman in the movie, The Greatest Showman. He has, in the ballpark, 50 million followers on Instagram and has recently produced and starred in a Netflix series, Down To Earth, with his Wellness expert and friend, Darin Olien.

The hook that got me to get this documentary a shot was when I heard Zac say (paraphrase) "I have all these followers, and I'm in a unique position to make a positive impact". To that end, in this documentary, Down To Earth, Zac and Darin tour the world, looking for new perspectives on very old problems in the area of food, water and energy, wildlife, long life, and more. 

However, what got me hooked to watch the entire series was a different thing...

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"I'm not getting the same reaction from my audience."

Nov 09, 2021

Recently, a client (in STEM) said, "I'm not getting the same reaction from my audience." That "the audience doesn't seem to be as enthusiastic about my subject matter." I asked if his subject matter is still relevant to his audience and the profile of his audience is more or less the same as when he had a positive reaction. He replied, "yes."

In the theater, people use several sayings to describe a show that's been running a long time, and it's no longer exciting to watch. One of them is "the show is stale." When a show is "stale," from the audience's view, it seems like the actors are going through the motions. The entire cast knows "the butler did it" at the end of Act II. The cast goes through the show "acting" surprised, in love, hate, lust, and suspense. Worse is when they "act" as if the stakes are high when they are thinking more about their cousin in the 5th row, seated center right, and where they will go out to eat after the show that makes a fabulous margarita. When an...

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Hiding Behind 50 Cent Words

Sep 01, 2021

After a long day of work, with the remote in my right hand, and dinner on the table, I was flipping through the channels and came upon this channel. The words “Global Warming” were in the caption, the reason for me to halt my remote surfing. The scientist was talking about global warming, an issue I care considerably about.  He was highly intelligent and clear.  Yet, I found myself zoning out.  When this happens I always ask myself, why am I zoning out. Is it because of something on my end?  Maybe I’m too hungry to concentrate, overtired, or something else is dominating my mind, or is it the speaker? I conclude it was the speaker. For me, he had enough leverage just on the subject alone to keep my attention, but yet, he wasn’t. 

I avoided my kneejerk reaction to change the channel and examined why I had a stronger desire to not listen to him than to listen to him.  I watched a bit longer to understand, way.

He seemed to be...

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TONALITY AND BODY LANGUAGE

Apr 28, 2021
 
 
Tonality and Body Language.  What does it mean?  Do you connect to this? Does it help you? ... What you need to know.
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MAKE A MISTAKE MAKE IT BIG

Apr 06, 2021
 

Many people "ride the brake in the left lane".  The best results come from a full commitment.

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CHECKLIST TRAINING VS. PROCESS BASED TRAINING

Mar 02, 2021
 

"I'd like a fruit salad please" The waiter comes back with a steak.
Symbolically, this needlessly happens all the time when looking for communication training. Make sure you get your needs met!

 

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Bova interviews engineer Kathy Nelson

Feb 23, 2021
 

Kathy Nelson, a veteran engineer a client of Bova, and host of her blossoming podcast - Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM.

Kathy talks about where she started, where she is now, her fruitful future, all related to the role communication has played in her career and life.

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WHAT IS THE RIGHT SOFT SKILL COMMUNICATION FOR YOU

Feb 16, 2021
 
When seeking a coach, the three main areas: Talent, Trust, and Methodology.
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Work - You - Career: Who's in charge?

Feb 09, 2021
 
Do you identify yourself by the challenging moments in your work and career?  Or are you seeing the bigger picture?  What does this all have to do with communications?

 

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