Back in my conservatory days, I once played a little bit of Mozart for a panel of some “famous” musicians.
One musician felt my interpretation was too passionate, so I tried a more conservative, elegant approach. He seemed pleased.
Feeling a bit proud of myself, I was shocked when another panelist told me he felt my original take was great and disliked my revised version. He was disappointed I didn’t stand up for myself.
It’s all a matter of interpretation. The notes didn’t change. How I played it did.
But what does this have to do you with you?
When giving talks in high-stake situations, do you find yourself focusing on what words to say?
It’s easier to imagine if we use a certain word here or a specific word there, the other side would buy into our idea. It’s harder to critique our own tone, attitude, and personality.
How often do we pay attention to how, not just what, we say? What would you gain by being able to communicate your ideas in multiple ways, like playing Mozart?
Thanks for caring!