Are you authentic?

In the play “Hamlet” by Shakespeare, there is a play within the main play.

Actors come and visit the palace to entertain the King, Queen, Prince Hamlet etc.

The Prince has written his own play as well and wants the actors to perform it also in front of the royal court.

The actors are immensely flattered and agree to do so but........

Hamlet then gives them some advice – “Speak the speech I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue “

i.e. Please speak my verse well. Bit like telling a plumber to make sure the leaks are fixed -stating the obvious!

But then Hamlet says something much more interesting -

“Suit the action to the word, the word to the action”.

I.e. Make sure your movement matches what you are saying and what you are saying matches your movements.

In modern parlance, Hamlet is saying be real,


Then people listening will believe you.

So, being authentic is about sending a clear message matching both your body and your voice as one single unit.

If this is achieved, one can communicate even better.

Hamlet, or perhaps we should say, Shakespeare, was right!

How to achieve this? Ask Phil.

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