It is a challenge to try to summarize the experience [of the Alexander Technique], as I find it (and it finds me) being the constant change, not there to be grasped. The most measureable is the sharpening of all the senses. My violinist ears react to the most subtle nuances in the sound and the experience is that of all the senses 'working' on the sound (and the means that are producing it), when I play. This has made possible the greater awareness in the moment present. [A musician] is only able to do something about the sound (the moment) that is being produced, nothing past nor nothing to come. With all that, of course, comes freedom. The breathing, the freedom of movement, the freshness, the spontaneity, the creativity, the joy of it all. Through the Alexander training I am becoming more whole: as a person, as an artist.
Do you, like many people, find the prospect of speaking in public simply terrifying? If so, you recognise the sweating, shaking and stumbling over your words that go with it.
Learning to control your nerves, voice, breathing and physical bearing is a great asset when giving a presentation or speech. All this is possible by applying the skills of the Alexander Technique which enable you to ‘stay in the moment’. Your thinking will be clearer and you'll enjoy the experience instead of enduring it.
You will learn to:
- make yourself heard without strain
- relate to your audience
- remain relaxed and composed before, during and after your speech
- eliminate twitching or fidgeting
- control any urge to hurry through to the end
- pace your delivery so you are clearly understood
Novice speakers and more seasoned performers all benefit, and many professional speakers like lawyers, preachers and actors learn the Technique to improve every aspect of their delivery.