Onlee Bowden

Naked Audiences and Your Concentration

Posted by Onlee Bowden on September 8th, 2015 at 1:15pm

Have you heard the advice to imagine your audience naked, but what if this really happened? Well it happened to me!

I was teaching at a school in a small mountain village in Haiti. We were sitting outside and I was teaching on the topic of imagination when I noticed all the kids were giggling and looking behind me. Out of the corner of my eye I see what has their attention. It was a poor man with no clothes and he was leaning on the fence listening.

What would you have done? Concentration is a critical skill when speaking and learning how to handle distractions is your responsibility.

This is what I did. I said, “I know there is a naked man standing behind me. I’m going to ask you to return your eyes to me. I’m also going to remind you to be thankful that you are in school with clothes on your body. Not everyone is as fortunate as you.”

I’m grateful I’ve trained myself in concentration, I’m grateful I handled this situation with grace and sureness.

Concentration is within your grasp. Begin today to sharpen it.

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