Do I need a coach?

I’m reading Rob Lowe’s book, Love Life, where he talks about a point in his career where his wife suggested he should seek out an acting coach.

Throughout Lowe’s life he had never really taken formal acting classes, pretty much learning on the job and growing up with the likes of the Penn brothers and others. However, he was facing the challenging role of the deaf/mute in Stephen King’s The Stand and he wasn’t sure how to approach it. On his wife’s suggestion, he saw the prime acting coach of the time.

Lowe originally was going to do the traditional method actor thing, getting himself some sort of ear plugs to blast white noise into his ear (he’s naturally deaf in one ear anyway) so he could try to understand what it’s like to be deaf.

His acting coach told him that since he could hear, in real life, to not pretend he couldn’t, but instead to pretend that he could hear and talk (which he can anyway) but just chooses not to. The difference in perspective made all the difference in Lowe’s performance.

Without a coach, an outside perspective, Lowe would have done what he’s always done and may not have gotten the result he wanted. Where in your life are you getting either the same mediocre result, or not getting the result you want? Where could you use the benefits of an outside perspective – whether that comes from a coach, a spouse or a good friend?

Why am I here?

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Do your best and forget the rest

Any one who has followed my work knows that there are two Tony’s that have significantly affected my life. Tony Robbins and Tony Horton. Tony Horton is the developer of best-selling workout program P90X, and its various spinoffs P90X2, P90X3, 10-minute trainer and so forth. Several years ago when I was looking for a good workout program that I could do…

This one time, at band camp…

If you want an audience to stop and listen with rapt attention, tell them a story. But not just any story. Remember the character Michelle, played by Alyson Hannigan, in the American Pie movies and her signature line, “this one time, at band camp..?” Out of all the stories that she told “Jim,” played by Jason Biggs,…

Twitter Length 50 Book Wisdom

In my efforts to still have a blog posted on the B&N Book Blog, I re-wrote the requested submission, but was told it still doesn’t meet their standards. No worries. But, as to not lose the efforts involved and to provide you with the benefit, I’m posting the submission here. What I learned from reading…

Eat your supper, kids in Africa are starving?

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Your resumé doesn’t suck, you suck!

Typical conversation in my campus office goes like this: “Uh, Mr. Price my resume sucks, can you help me with it?” “Let me take a look at it.” Resume is reluctantly handed over like its got anthrax on it. “I did it for another class, but it just needs work. I suppose.” “Hmm. . ….

Commander’s Intent

“It’s about keeping people and planes moving.” That was a mantra attributed to a former boss of mine who was the security director at Denver International Airport. She would chant this mantra, almost literally, to the FAA and TSA regulators and to others that she encountered within the airport who are trying to apply processes or…

Where’s the Beef!

I recently just attended an industry conference. It never ceases to amaze me how many people have such outstanding information to share and are experts in their field, so much so that people really want to hear what they have to say, but they have the presentation skills of the average house plant. It is…

Whittling away at a Block of Wood (or several)

This week I’m faced with a daunting challenge. I had numerous projects this week, none of which could be done in one sitting and all of which have high priority, plus the usual influx of email pounding my in-box like the water at Niagara. Does any of this sound familiar to challenges you may have in the workplace?…