Top Performer: Engagement and the new economy

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Street performers have long been treated as vagrants and bums. But what if street performers were viewed as an ideal model of engagement?

In the new economy, we need to enhance our innovative capabilities, and the ability to convert breakdown, disruption, and discord into new ideas and positive outcomes.

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  • Leading others to create something for themselves. The elements of a dream job are

    -I have a voice
    -I have options
    -I have friends
    -I have security
    -I have fun
  • Radical Engagement means to bring our essence, our root self, our strengths, originality to engage and entangle with others.
  • IF WE ARE TO REMAIN TRUE TO OURSELVES, WE WILL HAVE TO LEARN TO MAKE CHOICES THAT OTHERS MIGHT NOT ALWAYS LIKE. A VITAL, INNOVATIVE WORKPLACE REQUIRES DIVERSITY AND DEVIATION.
  • We can use gimmicks and scripts, but they cannot supplant real connection and engagement.
  • Original. They recognize the power is in the audience, not the gimmick. They aren’t working alone.
  • WHAT YOU CLAIM, IN ANY JOB, DEFINES AND CREATES THE TONE OF THE SPACE YOU’RE IN. A CLAIM THAT IS THOUGHTFUL AND ENERGIZING, GIVES OTHERS CUES ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT, AND THE ROLL THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY IN THE QUALITY OF THE CONNECTION.
  • What are some of the ways you might practice “Focus” like a Top Performer?
    How often do you “change up” your approach - the way you great people, the clothes you wear?
  • How do you set the “tone” in your interviews?
    If your behavior reflects your message, what does that behavior look like?
  • departing from a common point. following different routes and lines. the kind that provides a wide variety of possible answers.
  • The more times you get hurt, the quicker you learn.
  • Top Performer: Engagement and the new economy

    1. 1. 1 Engagement and the new economy
    2. 2. 2 Top Performer The New Rules of Radical Engagement™
    3. 3. 3 1. The importance of focused energy 2. Shared enthusiasm 3. The fuel of breakdowns The Power Of Engagement
    4. 4. 4 Engage “to attach by pleasing qualities...to entangle, involve, mix up”
    5. 5. 5 Radical “going to the root, or origin; touching or acting upon what is essential”
    6. 6. 6 The cultivation of radical engagement.
    7. 7. Conditions For Engagement Respect Freedom Commitment Trust
    8. 8. 8 Classic Theater
    9. 9. 9 Linear. Scripted. Predictable.
    10. 10. 10 Street Performer
    11. 11. 11 “Busker”
    12. 12. 12 “..performing in public spaces for tips and gratuities..”
    13. 13. 13 “walk about”
    14. 14. 14 “cafe performer”
    15. 15. 15 “circle performer”
    16. 16. 16 Creative Arts Good Money Open Schedule Freedom Career Incentives
    17. 17. 17 The challenge of street ✤ Everyday economic conditions are terrible ✤ Inherently unstable ✤ New material must be constantly written ✤ Fierce competition (originality) ✤ Physically demanding ✤ Weather dependent ✤ Laws and ordinances are restrictive ✤No guarantee of reward
    18. 18. 18 Why? • To train yourself in the architecture of engagement • To practice cultivating powerful partnerships • To see partnership building as the key to success • To recognize the value of your circle of influence • To learn how to gain value out of disruption • To see greater possibilities in breakdown Natural Energy Rules • Lead others to recognize their value in partnerships
    19. 19. 19 Stake Your Claim Build Your Circle Juice the Jam We assert as our own. Building on connection. Whatever happens “Step Right Up!” “Let me introduce..” can be a gift. “This is what I am” “Tell me about you” Choose wisely! “This is what I believe” “Let’s work together” What I claiming as my What I want to go How I convert to own around from this to that
    20. 20. 20 Street Performers vs. Top Performers
    21. 21. 21 Street Performers Gimmicks. Gags. Routines. Copied. Performer-centric. Monologue.
    22. 22. 22 Top Performers Fresh. Inventive. Passion.Original. Radical. Audience- centric. Energy! Dialogue.
    23. 23. 23 Claim The Pitch!
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    34. 34. 34 What’s a claim? Create focus Set the tone Share the goal Invite participation
    35. 35. 35 Create a focus! Ask/get their attention Be present Provocative and Interesting “Here I am, this is what I’m about”
    36. 36. 36 Set the tone... Establish a tone and energy level Behavior reflects the audience or customer that is present Respectful Lighthearted
    37. 37. 37 Share the goal Where you want to take them Excitement about what you’re going to do together (share the thrill) Let the them know they’re needed(invitation-you’ll need them) They get to decide on the level of involvement
    38. 38. 38
    39. 39. 39 The price of compliance
    40. 40. 40 Practicing Claim Be clear! What do you want? Are you on a script? Routine? What’s the tone you’ve set? Are they involved?
    41. 41. 41 Scripted or Improvised Planning and preparation of critical to Top Performers Strike a balance Improvisation becomes a vehicle for creating new ideas and outcomes When possible...less control is more
    42. 42. 42 Build Your Circle
    43. 43. 43 How to build? Make Contact Collaboration Violate expectations Deliver and redeliver
    44. 44. 44 Real Connection - Make Contact
    45. 45. 44 Real Connection - Make Contact
    46. 46. 49
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    48. 48. 55 “The merit of originality is not novelty, it’s sincerity.”
    49. 49. 56 Start with a claim, and build your fame!
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    54. 54. 61 Collaboration requires sharing control
    55. 55. 62 They become the stars of the show!
    56. 56. 63 Involvement and collaboration... Shared control Shared enthusiasm Make them a star! Encouragement by engaging
    57. 57. 64 Trust I will participate when I trust. Whomever is here is always treated right It’s more important to trust them Good service is a moral action
    58. 58. 65 Practicing... Ask yourself “what do you want to build with your client/customer?” Are you sharing enthusiasm with others around you? Does your guest/customer feel like an original? Are you being radical?
    59. 59. 66 Juice The Jam
    60. 60. 67 What’s a jam? Breakdowns Interruptions Disagreements Problems & miscalculations
    61. 61. 68 Miscalculations of a jouster Fear is information - risk remains Taking hits means getting hurt.... ...getting hurt leads to helping each other The learning curve is quick, and painful
    62. 62. 69 There are no breakdowns..just big sticks with lessons attached...Jouster..
    63. 63. 70 Breakdown
    64. 64. 71
    65. 65. 72
    66. 66. 73 Choice..
    67. 67. 74 result
    68. 68. 75 Every breakdown contains “juice,” it’s our choice whether the juice will be bitter or sweet.
    69. 69. 76 When we write scripts or follow comfortable steps and processes for too long our creative thinking can atrophy.
    70. 70. 77 There is no substitute for real energy, real enthusiasm.
    71. 71. 78 Engagement And The New Economy

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