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Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard

I don’t contemplate myself to be a Trekkie, however I used to be a giant fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the second Star Trek sequence and the one one which I watched from starting to finish. The primary motive was the sensible efficiency by Patrick Stewart, the sensible English actor.

Stewart performed Jean-Luc Picard, the Captain of the united statesEnterprise. Brave, eloquent and an excellent communicator, Stewart’s character was additionally a person of tradition, a person of humility and somebody who wasn’t afraid to hunt the recommendation of others — and heed it. If solely extra real-life leaders had been like him!

I not too long ago got here throughout the video under by which Stewart sat down along with his fellow actor and good pal, Ian McKellen to reply questions from followers. One of the questions for Stewart caught my consideration: “Did your Shakespearean training help you?”

Stewart stated that his Shakespearean coaching helped him for Star Trek in two methods: one vocal and one bodily. The bodily can also be good recommendation for public audio system.

See what Stewart stated within the video under. It ought to begin on the related time but when not, skip forward to eight:47.

There you’ve it. Stewart stated that he was the one one that knew what to do with his hands, which was nothing. In different phrases, he was snug leaving them at his sides as you possibly can see him do in this clip from Star Trek, a display screen shot of which is under.

Shoppers usually ask me what they need to do with their palms after they converse in public. Why not let gravity do some of the work and depart them by your sides? No, not in your total speech or presentation, however from time to time. It’s probably the most pure place in your palms. And it’s higher than placing them in your pockets or behind your again or holding them collectively in entrance of you.

About John Zimmer

Worldwide speaker, presentation expertise professional, lawyer, improv performer

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