Once you successfully freestyle about a blockchain startup (that you learned about just fifteen minutes earlier) while rapping at a party on a boat (that’s violently swaying back and forth, literally knocking people over) — getting up in front of a group of people to describe a concept in standard English is a pretty straightforward affair.
And even if you never do this (it’s a pretty niche situation), there are plenty of ways to become a better public speaker. One of them is this workshop!
From preparation of your narrative (even down to the clothing you choose for your big day), to eye contact, body language, elocution, cadence, pacing, etc — there are a lot of things you can focus on to improve the reception of your spoken ideas. And this long list of tips and techniques can become overwhelming if you’re trying to figure it out on your own.
But you don’t have to, because I’m excited to guide you through the process ✊
How To Rap
Many business professionals have been exposed to the power of improv. But when it comes to a type of improve known as freestyling? Not so much. We can change that.
Freestyling isn’t about creating a polished, structured, coherent narrative on the fly. This can sometimes happen, but it’s not the point. The point is just to be free — which, neuroscience tells us, comes from temporarily disabling the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for self-editing. Freestyling is about overcoming the incessant voice in our heads that hinders our creativity by telling us that what we want to say isn’t good enough. When applied to rap, freestyling is about verbalizing whatever comes to mind, and just going along for the ride.
Through this workshop, I offer strategies for overcoming shyness and inhibition to enter a Flow State (a growing area of psychological study), tapping into the endless well of creativity each person holds within them.
We start with rudimentary techniques and build up to an interactive cypher (group freestyle circle). Participants leave inspired and amazed that they too contain the ability to create verse on the fly.
Lyric Writing Workshop
I can’t imagine life without the emotional, creative outlet of writing lyrics. From copywriters to engineers, learning this practice helps lubricate the channels of creativity. Plus it’s a ton of fun! Who doesn’t love being able to go home with a rap that they wrote by themselves?
Rap Delivery Workshop
What use is a rap you’ve written if you can’t deliver it?! (Obviously we don’t have to answer that…)
Learning to rap is attainable for everyone that can already speak — it’s just a matter of learning the basics and working up to more intricate techniques.
It’s of course natural to pair this up with a Lyric Writing Workshop, but I keep them separate since some people already write bars and want to learn how to deliver them better.
Or they just wanna be able to perform Forgot About Dre at karaoke. I don’t judge.