Remember the last time you moved house? You were probably willing to put in quite some planning before the big move. You had to organise packing, finish up matters from your old home, set up the new house. Moving requires a lot of detailed planning.
Planning is just as vital when it comes to having a critical conversation with another person. Yet, strangely, very few people put in the time or effort to prepare before they jump into important conversations.
Take it from a professional role player… do not wing tough conversations!
Do not just say to yourself, I’m a pretty good communicator. I can just wing telling this person their contract won’t be renewed. I can just loosely navigate this conversation with my director about her lack of vision. I can just tell my colleague that he sucks at meeting deadlines. Yeah, that’ll go over well.
When conversations go badly, we spend time thinking about all the things we should have said. But what if you’d take the time to think about those things beforehand?
Yes… Prepare! Practice! Role Play!
At InterACT we believe that Role-Playing with a Professional Actor now, will save you from kicking yourself later.
The most important conversations in your life require respect for your wants and the wants of others, and you show respect by preparing with a professional.
Here’s how you can use role-play with an actor to make it through even the toughest conversations:
- The actor can challenge you to keep the conversation on track.
- The actor can play out different responses to your main points.
- You can explore how you respond to these possible scenarios.
- You can practice how to best respond if you get blindsided with new information or a very unexpected response?
- You can rehearse as long as you feel as confident and prepared as possible.
If you want to have a good conversation, one of the best ways to prepare is to role-play and play the scene out. Walking through various scenarios helps you develop well-constructed, strategic responses.
It can also prevent you from saying or doing something that places you in a new scene you were hoping to avoid.
Naturally, life happens. In reality, you still might end up missing some cues and feeling like you could have done it better.
But it will never feel like your first conversation...