0045: How A Physicist’s Methods Can Make You A Better Performer

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Hey there, hero!

One of my heroes, flaws and all, is Richard Feynman.

If you don’t know the name, that’s OK…just know he’s super-famous among nerds, and is one of the best known physicists and professors in history. His teaching technique is incredible…

…but there’s a hidden benefit in his approach for all of us performers. His process helps us all in a very unexpected way.

Once you watch the video, and you’re in on the secret…will it make a difference in how you learn things? Will it make it easier to develop new skills as an actor and VO talent? What’s the first thing you’ll want to try it with? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. SUCH a huge Feynman fan, too! This was a great refresher. And on the topic of simplifying, I’m reminded of an Einstein idea (that maybe I learned in a Feynman book or lecture?) – something along the lines of: if you can’t explain something to an 8-year-old, then it isn’t worth explaining. (or maybe,…”then you’re not ready to explain it yet…?” – Fuzzy memory, but you get the gist)

  2. I have lived this for years: If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it. -Yogi Bhajan
    I always jump right to teaching naturally because I process information verbally so teaching is the best way to do that. Love that you include this!

  3. I heartily concur with the thoughts in both the vid and the comments. One of the other great benefits I’ve found in teaching is the joy of sharing ideas and discoveries with others, esp things that might make their lives easier, better, or more understandable. David H, you seem filled with this joy in all the VOHeroes courses and podcasts – you’re a great role model!