Are they paying attention? Are you?
Once again I'm taking an improv principle, having a blast with it in class, and then realizing I can take it out into the world with me and make my life better. BAM!
Let me explain how your feet can change things on stage and then how they can change your life.
When you are on stage it is nice to include the audience in what you are doing. Are you opening the imaginary refrigerator? If you put the imaginary fridge on the back wall the audience is now watching your back. If you turn around and put the fridge on the invisible front wall, now the audience can see your face when you open up the door and you realize someone ate the last piece of cake. DUH duh DUH...
::commence improv scene::
Now what if you have a large audience and the front row stretches out all along the stage? How do you make sure you keep the people on the end involved?
Include them with your feet.
If you angle out your foot to point towards the person waaaay over there, now your body is “cheated open” and they can see what’s going on. Totally great tool. Awesome for improv. For theatre. For giving presentations at work.
But it gets better.
A few days later I just happen to stumble on an article about body language and it takes this same idea out of the theater and into real life.
If you want know if someone is engaged in a conversation, look at their feet.
This is a helpful social clue. Are their feet pointed towards the person speaking or are they angled towards the door? Is their body present or are they preparing an escape?
It occurred to me that my feet could change a lot of things in my daily life. I’m a busy mom who homeschools three kids of vastly different ages. I’m often juggling multiple things. But what if, when someone interrupted me with a question or a “look, Mom!”, I took an extra moment to move my feet and not just my eyes?
It’s pretty amazing what happens.
Not only do people feel it when you give them your full attention, but somehow what they are saying or doing gets a whole lot more interesting for you too.
It's like personal growth and stuff.