How to get someone to actively listen
March 30, 2009 3:35 PM Subscribe
How do I get someone to focus and pay attention more?
posted by miles1972 to media & arts (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am directing a play. I have directed many plays and this is a professional production with full technical support.
Myself and the entire company are friends, we laugh a lot we are generally having a good time in rehearsal. We've had a very productive first week, morale is good. The room is open to try things, everything great.
One snag: I have an actor who continually does not pay attention when I am talking to the room. I will tell everyone what we are moving on to, everyone begins to get ready for the next section, except for Don, who looks around, asks, "What are we doing?" He usually doesn't pay attention unless I preface everything with "Don!" wait for him to look at me and then give instructions.
Is there some other way that I can get him to be ready and attentive?
I'm not sure exactly what is pre-occupying his mind in these moments - it does seem to be his own script, etc. So it's not like he's checking text messages or something. It's just that I continually have to work so hard to get him to pay attention the first time.
Anyone, fellow theatre artists, teachers, leaders, etc have any tips or methods with dealing with this type of thing?