The "One-Person Play" Strategy Improves Communications and Personal Effectiveness

Posted on: 2 June 2015

Personal effectiveness is often rooted in the ability to communicate. How you express yourself means a lot. In particular, someone who talks and acts in an upbeat, positive manner is more likely to better persuade and motivate others. Developing these skills is not all that tough. Just employ a unique "one-person play" approach to enhancing skills and your abilities may improve measurably.

The One-Person Show Exercise

Audiobooks and mp3 releases that collect speeches, public discourses, and other audio releases by experts on certain topics are worth checking out. Listen to those recordings and then pretend you are an actor or actress hired to perform a "one-person" play recreating the speeches. 

In doing so, duplicate the uplifting nature of the person. Notice where he or she pauses to emphatically get across a point. Try to put special inflections on the phrases or adjectives that truly have an impact on audiences. An exercise such as this really gives you an insight into what works. Afterwards, move on and examine what really does not work.

Listen to "Mr. or Ms. Downer"

Take some time out and listen to a lecturer known for being a "Donald/Debbie Downer." Make a video recording of yourself recreating the lecture while mimicking a similar tone and attitude. 

Just play back the audio. You may end up shocked at how you sound. Afterwards, turn on the video. To your amazement, you may find your body's posture embodying negativity and presenting very off-putting physical language. Now, let's turn this downbeat exercise on its head.

Reverse All That Negativity with a New One-Person Play

Once a better understanding of the right way of presenting a positive, shining attitude is understood, you could improve even the most depressing of speeches. Changing your tone, posture, and overall attitude and disposition could have this effect. You may even find yourself taking creative license and replacing words and phrases that just don't work. 

To avoid undermining your ability to speak and conduct yourself effectively, pretend the first one-person show was a hit. You are now being brought back for a second engagement with an interesting challenge: take the downer and turn his or her speech into something upbeat and rousing.

The ultimate goal of these exercises is to hardwire your brain to simply be more positive in your communications abilities. Upon embodying positive personal effectiveness skills through communication, the ability to evoke equally positive reactions from others is possible.