Listen to this!

18/02/2014 - Melinda Caliendo

Listen to this!

Matthew Jessner directs complex stage performances like Cirque du Soleil and The House of Dancing Water, with performers from all over the world. Part of getting every component a show to work is knowing how to listen to one another, and Matthew says this is also key to getting the most out of your day at TEDxFlanders.

His advice to TED participants? Avoid the temptation to take notes.

"I found myself trying to retain an idea, and I put my perception on pause. I leaned down and I wrote something," Jessner said. "I was writing my interpretation of it, and by the time I came back, there were gaps. When I came back to the person's train of thought, there were too many gaps."

"I found I was asking questions based on the notes I was taking, although the answers were being given in the lecture if I would just shut up," he added. "I think it's an interesting mental challenge to see what you actually grab."

Along those same lines, Jessner said the TED Talk that has influenced him the most has been a talk about listening from Irish percussionist Evelyn Glennie.


Are you ready to listen to world renowned experts, local problem solvers and people who are passionate about their ideas? Purchase your tickets to TEDxFlanders today, and we will see you -- and listen to you -- on March 26th!

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