Getting Past What Holds You Back with Baby Boomer Weight Loss Expert Scott 'Q' Marcus
What is Sculpting?
Don’t Just Stand There!
A unique speaking tool to help you:
Relate Better to Audiences
Stand Out From Your Competition
What is sculpting?
Simply put, sculpting is one of the most interactive, highly involving tools you will ever use in any presentation!
Whether in keynotes, workshops, large groups, or small groups, sculpting allows you to:
Illustrate points using a strong visual, extremely involving method
Give your audience members some control over what direction the learning process takes, making it more relevant to their needs
Have fun playing with your audience
Stand out from the pack of speakers competing for your slot in the program
“You offer something unique. An option most speakers don’t know exists.”
— Alan Parisse, CSP, CPAE • www.parisse.com
“You were absolutely BRILLIANT at NSA Colorado! Everyone is raving about the meeting, and your contribution. Thank you!” – Orvel Ray Wilson, CSP
Some of the benefits of learning sculpting are:
Your presentations will be unlike anybody else’s, making you more memorable to the audience and meeting planner, getting you more engagements
By being able to let the audience help direct the flow of the presentation, they will be more involved. This makes your job easier and helps them remember better the main concepts. Because you are the director of this process, you get the credit for a great presentation.
For those after-meal presentations, or when you’re speaking to groups that would rather be somewhere else, (come on, we’ve all been there!) sculpting give you a tool that gets people up and out of their seats for an extended period of time. This helps keep them energized and involved (and prevents the post-meal desire to take a nap).
“I learned about sculpting from Scott ‘Q’ Marcus at the NSA CO event this weekend. Very powerful speaking tool. Thank you Scott for sharing such an amazing technique! And you are right, today’s audience does not want a lecture, they want to participate!”
A Message from Scott “Q” Marcus regarding Sculpting
It’s Hard To Describe… But I’ll Try.
“OK, so that all sounds well and good,” you’re saying, “but it still doesn’t describe what I’ll be learning at your NSA chapter meeting.”
That’s true, because sculpting is so unique, it’s difficult to explain. But once you “get it,” you “get it!”
Let’s try this: Sculpting is “a visual, interactive representation of a point in time, an emotional state, or a relationship.”
It is not role-playing. It is not acting. It is not therapy. It is completely unique.
To see a session on how to sculpt delivered to NSA/Ohio you can follow this link to flickr.
“I have to tell you I’ve done various forms of sculpting over the last 20+ years and my experience with Scott was the most powerful.” — Elayne Savage, Ph.D., NSA Member, “The Queen of Rejection”
Let’s say you help people move toward accomplishing their goals, or breaking through barriers. You probably have some strong stories and examples about how to do so. You have a powerpoint presentation and handouts. You might use pre-presentation questionnaires, even some tests and surveys. Most likely, you have some activities that help cement the point you’re trying to make. These are all well and good. But sculpting will take you one giant step beyond that.
There is a video on this page (below) of a small-group sculpt I recently did. To understand the video, I need to provide you with the backstory.
Prior to what you are going to view, I had the participants identify barriers to their goals and then I brought up two volunteers. The tall woman in the video played the main character. (What you cannot see is that there is another woman off camera, to the right of the screen, who represents the main character’s goals.) Prior to this brief clip, the subject merely had to walk across the room to “her goals,” (the other woman). Obviously, this was merely a metaphor of moving toward one’s objectives, no big deal, no effort. It merely gave me some time to play with her and the audience. It literally and figuratively helped set the stage for what was to happen next.
After the first activity, I said, “Now, let’s make it look like real life.” That’s where this scene begins.
Sample Sculpt: Small Group
The Audience Gets Involved
I brought up several other volunteers to represent the daily and long-term barriers the main character faces in achieving her goals. One person represents interruptions (you can hear the “ringing telephone”). One person represents doubt. Another is commuter traffic. One child is her daughter. (The band connecting the two prevents her from moving too far from her daughter, but also causes her to be pulled by her daughter’s needs.) As you can see, the players surround her, they pull and they tug at her.
After setting this up (by getting the audience’s ideas), I “put it in motion.” You can see and feel the energy, activity, and involvement. You can hear the laughter (even from those passive audience members still sitting). When the sculpt completed, we debriefed what happened and how it felt. We discuss what could be different, what can be changed — and what cannot.
Making An Impact & Having Fun
The impact is immediate and deep. The audience is involved. The results are astonishing. They understand the lesson. They get the point. You get the credit.
Blame Sculpt by Peter Alsop Peter Alsop leads a group in showing what blame “looks like.” Each person is so focused on the person in front of him that no one pays attention to the real problem — in the middle of the circle.
There are many type of sculpts, from extremely simple to amazingly complex.
We will go over simple one-person sculpts all the way up to multi-player, deeply involved sculpts. You will see how you can use a 30 second sculpt in a keynote, or help design – on the fly – a 15-30 minute activity for a breakout or training. You will learn about using props – or not. Come prepared to be involved and to have fun.
Dr. Peter Alsop taught me about sculpts. I now use them in virtually every one of my presentations. The audience loves it. The meeting planners appreciate it.
And it makes me a better presenter.
It will do the same for you!
“I was in the audience when Scott presented this topic to our chapter, NSA/NC, last year and received an overwelming positive response. Scott’s instruction and interactive exercise was so user-friendly, I now offer my own version of *sculpting* in my presentations. Audiences love it!
He is very qualified to speak on this topic. He keeps his presentation relaxed with a concentration on participant learning. His sense of humor keeps it fun and the benefits of how this tool can impact a presentation is phenomenal.” –Karen Walker Tunoa, 2009-2010 NSA/NC President
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