One Word Suggestion: Focus

Learning to pay attention to whoever or whatever is directly in front of you will greatly improve your performance on stage - and at work, no matter what it is you do for a living.

Welcome to One Word Suggestion

Hosted by: Eran Thomson
This week's word is: Focus

Learn more:

LMA Professional Development
Improv Training for Business Success - Serving Australia and Asia Pac.
www.lma.training

Laugh-Masters Academy
Australia's Home of Improv and Sketch Comedy
www.laugh-masters.com.au

Thanks for checking out the show notes.

This podcast is intentionally short and sweet, so don't expect too much from the notes. We will, of course, share links and details of things discussed in individual episodes as appropriate - and that's about it.

The main thing to know is every episode of this show starts with a one word suggestion, and there's no reason it shouldn't come from you.

As long as its not "dildo."

So give us your best, and in the meantime, thanks for listening.

Transcript:
(Cheesy VO) Do you get distracted easily? Is social media constantly taking away your time? Are you overwhelmed by all the things on your to-do list? If so, ask your doctor if new and improved Focus is right for you.
 
Side effects of focus may include increased productivity, more money, meaningful relationships, ticking off to-do lists, happiness, freedom, a sense of achievement…
 
Hey welcome to One Word Suggestion, 

I’m your host Eran Thomson and this week’s word is… Focus.
 
Welcome to the podcast, for those of you who don’t already know, every week I take one word, suggested by you, and use it as a leaping off point to explore the benefits of improv as they relate to life on and off the stage.
 
This week’s word, “focus” was suggested by Ryan.
 
I don’t know about you, but focus has certainly been one of my greatest challenges in life. 
 
I’ve always been excited by ideas, by potential, and by problems to solve… and sometimes I get excited about too many things. And because of that, along with a ton of optimism about what I can achieve, I have in the past, and occasionally still, find myself struggling with where to place my attention. 
 
And I’m not alone. Even with all the to-do apps, calendar tools, and project management software in the world, it can still be hard to find focus and keep it - especially when we have the whole wide world to explore online. 
 
Factor in open plan offices, email, text, and all the other things fighting for our attention, and it's no wonder doctors are prescribing Ritalin and Adderall like crazy.
 
The thing is neuroscientists and behavioural scientists have proven that with training we can actually rewire our brains and become better at honing our attention. And one of the things that helps is improv training. 
 
When you’re on the improv stage nothing is planned, rehearsed or written. All you can do as a performer is be present, aware, actively listen, and react to whatever happens. It takes hyper-focus to make unscripted shows seem like Aaron Sorkin was secretly involved. 
 
Learning to pay attention to whoever or whatever is directly in front of you will greatly improve your performance on stage - and at work, no matter what it is that you do for a living. 
 
This is a big part of what we teach at LMA in our classes and in our corporate training workshops. Because you can’t be a good improviser, and maybe even a good, or at least successful, person, if you can’t focus - at least some of the time. 
 
Ooh! Cat video!  :-)
 
So that’s my take on focus. Thanks for the great suggestion, Ryan.
 
If you want to suggest a word for next week, or add your perspective, drop me a note in the comments. I’m making one of these every week, for a year, so definitely subscribe, like, share, and all that jazz. 
 
And in the meantime, if you’re interested in improv for personal growth, professional achievement, or just for fun, my suggestion is to get yourself into an improv class or book a corporate training workshop for your team. 
 
You can learn all about LMA’s programs at www.lma.training
 
Thanks for listening!

---
The ideas, observations, and perspectives shared here are mine alone. 
I’d love to hear yours in the comments, or better yet in a review.

★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

Join our newsletter

Got it. You're on the list!
Thanks for listening! Suggest a Word
Laugh-Masters Academy | Improv & Sketch Comedy Shows | Australian Improv Festival
LMA Professional Development | Comedy & Co. | Song Saga | Eran Thomson
©2019 Eran Thomson / Notice Pty Ltd