Monologue "ATUK" was staged in Brunei - 7 reasons giving presentation is very similar to monologue acting
I just gotten back from Brunei. It was my first visit after 14 years (the last visit was during my National Service in the early 2000s). More importantly, it was an honour to have been invited and represented Singapore at the ASEAN Literary Council (MASTERA) Theatre Festival 17-19 September 2014 at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The event was held in conjunction with the annual MASTERA Conference and Seminar. It is organised annually with its country members taking turns to host. Brunei hosted the event for this year. Singapore will be next.
To me, it was also a sense of responsibility; flying the national flag while doing what I enjoy - stage acting! For this project, I did a monologue (a solo act by an actor who also usually takes on several characters) called "Atuk" - a story about a grandfather who enjoyed sharing stories to his grandchildren of his adventure as a performing artiste that inspired his grandchildren. The theatre piece was also written and directed by yours sincerely.
During my usual post-event reflection, I realised that there are 7 reasons why giving presentation/public speaking is very similar to monologue acting because …
1) Monologue actor delivers a message on stage alone; so does a public speaker;
2) In theatre, it is called “moments”; in presentation it is called “pauses”; the art of keeping silence!
3) Wonderful theatre plays amaze audience, but it was a product of sheer hard work and rehearsals. So do in presentations;
4) An actor requires him to project a strong and clear voice; no different from a public speaker;
5) Acting in front of an audience requires will power and lots of courage; same goes to a public speaker;
6) An interactive monologue piece requires actor’s response to the crowd accordingly; similar to a public speaker – audience loves two-way communication;
7) Acting skills can be learnt; Public speaking skills too!
Since acting skills and public speaking skills can be learnt, the next time you have a presentation, give it a go at applying some theatrical elements. It will give your presentation a different and unique approach.
If you need some help on that, just beep me.
That's it for now, till we meet again!
Author, The Stage Fright Antidote!