I love spending time with the little scrub. On the right is a picture of G Spreecasting with Brandon T. Jackson who played the satyr, Grover Underwood, in the movie. Celeb interviewer extraordinaire, Arthur Kade, hosted the show. Click here or on the image to watch a 2 minute clip of the interview.
Without spoiling the plot (the 3D version was awesome), the story is about the half-blood son of Poseidon and his friends embarking on a quest to save their dying safe haven camp. They venture to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising.
During their adventure, fellow half-blood Annabeth, uses a magic mist to disguise the eye of a young friendly Cyclops named Tyson. She felt more comfortable looking at someone who appeared normal, with two eyes. Tyson agreed to the spray because he didn’t want to feel self-conscious about looking different than everyone else. To help put everyone at ease, Tyson also wore sunglasses to cover his eye.
After the magical adventure is over and towards the very end of the movie, the mist wore off. By this time, Annabeth and Tyson knew each other much better and trusted one another. She didn’t need or want Tyson to use the mist or wear sunglasses. At the same time, Tyson no longer felt self-conscious and uncomfortable about his one eye.
All the characters eventually bonded and developed a trust and mutual respect for each other. They accepted each other for who they were and embraced each other’s differences.
Are You Using Magic Mist in Your Life?
Think about the last presentation you watched or gave. How many times did you want to spray a magic mist over your face and body so that others would see someone other than the real you? Along the same lines, how many times did you want to spray someone else with magic mist so that you’d be more comfortable watching or listening to them during their presentation?
When you’re in the audience listening to a presentation, don’t be too quick to judge. Listen with an open mind and an open heart. There’s always value in most messages, so digest what is being said. Make sure to walk away from the experience with new information or maybe a different perspective on the subject or topic.
At the end of the presentation, how many times did you wrap things up feeling just like Percy, Annabeth and Tyson at the end of the movie? After you listened to the message and got to know the other person better, you felt a strong connection. You ended up the respecting and liking the other person just the way he or she was.
For those of you responsible for presenting a message, regardless of the size of your audience, stand tall and look through your Cyclops’ eye. Share your message from the heart. Be real, transparent and genuine. Don’t even think about using your magic mist. Instead, leave the bottle back at your haven camp.
Resist Judging a Book by its Cover
Truth be told, when it comes to first impressions and judging others, too many people incorrectly try to judge a book by its cover. Almost without exception, there’s always more value to what’s in the pages between the covers than what you first see, hear or think. Be patient and give people a chance. In most instances, you’ll be glad you did.
As a communicator, too many of us worry about the wrong things. We worry about what our audience may think about what we’re saying or how we look. Like Tyson, we’re more concerned about what the other person or audience will think about our eye then the content of our message.
If you recall from last week’s communication tip, successful communicators don’t worry about their scars and bruises. They embrace them. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same thing. Click here if you’d like to check out the post but didn’t get a chance to read it.
I’m not going to tell you how the Percy Jackson movie ended. What I will tell you is that if you approach new communication opportunities and relationships like the half-bloods and Cyclops characters in the movie, you’ll be a more effective communicator every single time. Leaving the magic mist home is not always easy but it is important for effective communication and long-term success.
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