The Second Circle: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation

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The world’s leading voice and acting coach provides a revolutionary program to focus your energy and connect with other people.
Are you as successful as you could be? Are your good ideas appreciated? Could your sex life be more fulfilling? In this high-paced yet lonely world, Patsy Rodenburg teaches you how to communicate more effectively and intimately—at home, at work, at school, and, most importantly, with yourself. Her remarkable program transforms your negative patterns of ...
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Overview

The world’s leading voice and acting coach provides a revolutionary program to focus your energy and connect with other people.
Are you as successful as you could be? Are your good ideas appreciated? Could your sex life be more fulfilling? In this high-paced yet lonely world, Patsy Rodenburg teaches you how to communicate more effectively and intimately—at home, at work, at school, and, most importantly, with yourself. Her remarkable program transforms your negative patterns of energy into a positive presence that she calls “the second circle”—the optimal state between the first circle of introversion and self-negation and the third circle of aggression and narcissism. Containing a wealth of insights that will break the habits that constrict your real power, The Second Circle helps you deal with the debilitating and manipulative behaviors of your immediate family, friends, and colleagues while bringing out their best qualities. Filled with easy-to-apply exercises (breathing, voice, posture), The Second Circle, in dealing with such emotional issues as loss, violation, and self-esteem, will begin a journey that will revitalize your life.
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As the former voice coach of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Rodenburg has worked with such A-list thespians as Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen. Here, she calls on her extensive acting knowledge to teach lay readers how to transform their lives by releasing their internal energy, or "presence." She defines "the second circle" as energy that is focused on a specific object or individual; it allows people to be aware and in the moment. When people are in this second circle, their energy is fully connecting them to the world, and they get energy back from that connection. On the other hand, when people focus on the first circle (inward energy), they are shy and disengaged. The third circle means energy is directed outward, which results in bombastic behavior. Rodenburg claims that her exercises-which involve improving posture, breath, voice, sensory awareness, listening, and clear thinking-can make their practitioners more successful in every aspect of life, from work to dating. Her concept makes sense, but readers may feel they are learning to "act" rather than "be" in the moment. Recommended with reservations for larger public libraries where self-help books are popular.
—Mary E. Jones

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393345902
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 607,019
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Patsy Rodenburg has coached Judy Dench, Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Mike Nichols, and Ralph Fiennes, as well as politicians and business leaders. She conducts business workshops and corporate master classes for Fortune 500 companies. She lives in London.
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