Last week, around 30 of Sydney’s communications community gathered high above Sydney Harbour on a sparkling March morning for our Communications Breakfast with Dr Adam Fraser.
Dr Adam was in fine form, talking about his ‘Third Space’ research that focuses on the moment of transition between one activity and the next. Think about how you arrive home after a frantic day, still buzzing with tension and preoccupation. How you ‘show up’ at that moment has an impact on your relationships and the quality of your precious evening off.
Sharing an example of having to get himself into the right frame of mind to address an audience of 5000 people moments after finding out his best friend had died gives Dr Adam immediate credibility. How would you handle it? He says the secret is in The Third Space, the mindset between moving from situation A to situation B. It’s possible to enter this space without a shift in surroundings; simply learning the art of reflection, relaxation and refocusing your mind on what you’re about to do will work wonders. These three steps foster the self-awareness needed to avoid carrying a negative mindset and emotional state from one activity to the next.
Given the nature of the lively group discussion, it’s a challenge we’re all faced with and some are already on the way to finding their third space. Creative ways to use train journeys, dog walking duties, taking a shower and singing in the car were ideas shared we could all try out. We all acknowledged the temptation to let our smart phones and devices intrude on this ‘me time’ is a trap to avoid.
Dr Adam gave us a tip to demonstrate how to use the third space to win at golf. Simply ask a friend who beats you every time to explain his swing, asking specific questions about technique and angles. What used to be a rhythmic, instinctive sport now becomes a preoccupation with getting it right. Performance drops and whilst they’re getting back their ‘flow’, you’ve got a chance to capitalise. Just don’t tell them it was Dr Adam’s idea!
We’re looking for ways to use The Third Space concept in our creative communications work too. In particular to facilitate the time and space audiences need to reframe their thinking between being informed and taking action. Leaders can use it to positively enhance their presence and credibility when talking with employees. In face, there are lots of opportunities to use the Third Space at work and our personal life!
Read more at thethirdspace.com.au.