Sharing and Exchanging Ideas and Information
AT Teacher Jill Payne reports on this second meeting
on the theme of "Communication" held at the Friends Meeting
House in Westminster on 26 February.
February meeting of the Friends Dorothea Magonet gave
an interactive presentation on the theme of "Communication".
with games in a large circle, initially calling vowel sounds
across the circle, then speaking names. From the feedback it
was clear that names are much more engaging than abstract
our state of performance anxiety and anticipation during the
games, and how it affected our use when we were not
into groups of three we discussed the theme, considering
what we invest in communication, what is involved and where
we place our attention while communicating. This gave a
broad scope for discussion, particularly as the Friends is
comprised of teachers, students and pupils with varied
different groups arrived at varied answers, raising topics
such as being understood, persuasion, the quality and tone
of language, and the investment of time, energy and emotion.
Listening and reciprocation is important; listening being
just as active as speaking.
tried different spiralling exercises to promote muscular
release and ease the production of sound in performance. It
helped to remember the space all around, and to follow the
eyes as they looked around. We tried some Whispered 'Ah's',
imagining blowing a feather away from the lips, and found
that the breathing was easier.
subject of Inhibition while speaking, FM always advised
taking a step back before speaking, and Dorothea reminded us
that taking time and pausing is essential for effective
communication. In the words of Glynn MacDonald, "the pause
is where the angels speak."
It was a
varied evening and, as usual, many interesting perspectives
© Jill Payne May 2008