“Invite, don’t push.”

5. Delivery, Editors and experts, Inspiration

Heather Urquhart is a theatrical musical improviser. She’s really good at it, and also at teaching people who aren’t (necessarily, or not yet, anyway) to become more than adequate at it.

I first met Heather a few years ago on a day-long musical impro session she ran with Joe Samuels. Long before the end of the day I was singing before an audience songs that I didn’t know till they came out of my mouth.

I’ve since done several more.

In this excerpt from a recent interview, for my coming book about speaking and performing in public, I asked Heather how she goes about creating a safe environment for participants (that is, her audience).

What she says should be of interest to anybody likely ever to face an audience, whether to improvise or deliver something scripted.

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