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Spatial Anchoring

Spatial Anchoring
When you consistently do the same activity in the same place on
the stage or area you are presenting from, then the people in the
audience will make a connection between your position and that
activity. For example, if you only tell stories and anecdotes when
you are sitting down, that will mean that when you sit down, the
audience knows what to expect: “Ah, time for a story.”
This is another example of how we generalise our experience.
Because this will be happening whether or not the people in the
group are consciously aware of it, it means that you can create
appropriate states in the group, so that they are ready for what is
coming next, without having to tell them. Making a connection
between a position on the stage and what you are doing is called
spatial anchoring in NLP.
When training or presenting you can deliberately set up anchors
with certain states in the audience. Sitting on a stool gives you one
more thing you can use as an anchor or trigger for a certain state.
For example, when seeking interaction with the audience, asking
for questions, or comments about what they have discovered dur-
ing an exercise, you can do it from downstage centre (DC). (We
will use the theatre convention for describing these positions from
the presenter’s point of view (Figure 12.1). Down centre, for the
audience, is at the front of the stage in the middle.) After a while,
for that audience, asking questions and making comments will
become associated with standing in that spot. As soon as you
stand there, it means you want some interaction with the audi-
ence. And stand there only when you are talking with people in
the group.

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