Cirque du Soleil’s Art of Misdirection Works with Attorneys Too!

I love Cirque du Soleil and see every new show that I can, sometimes even more than once. They combine dance, acrobatics, visuals and just good old-fashioned daring into an immersive experience (and they’ve got funny clowns). If you’re attending one of my CLNC® 6-Day Certification Seminars in Orlando or Las Vegas, treat yourself to a show after the CLNC Certification Exam on Saturday – you deserve it and you’ll love it.

Last night, here in Las Vegas I took my own advice and treated my hardy “Road Krewe” to the new Cirque show “One.” It’s based on the music and dance of Michael Jackson and lived up to everything I imagined it would be. The performance was flawless, and since I love Michael Jackson’s music, I was enthralled from the opening seconds.

But even with a sophisticated group of performers as Cirque du Soleil, sometimes unexpected things happen and not always for the better. To keep this from interfering with the show, Cirque has mastered the art of misdirection. Through movement and light they always keep you looking at what they want you to see and not what they don’t. In Orlando, my staff and I were attending a Cirque show that I’d seen several times before and I started watching the ceiling of the theatre for the trapeze platform to descend for one of my favorite acts when the trapeze apparatus suddenly stopped. Apparently a safety alarm tripped and the director aborted the act.

Without a second’s delay, a new set of dancers were on the floor coming from different sides of the stage and a new act was rolled out. My staff never knew what they missed because Cirque du Soleil never blinked and kept everyone looking where Cirque wanted them to look, not at what went wrong.

Cirque’s art of misdirection works with attorneys too. When things go south, the savvy Certified Legal Nurse Consultant doesn’t focus the attorney-client’s attention on what’s wrong. She acknowledges the error or omission then moves on to something positive.

There’s nothing to gain by bringing more attention to the negative as a legal nurse consultant. Instead, focus on what’s going to happen next or what needs to happen next. Misdirection or just plain common sense? You decide.

I’m Just Sayin’

P.S. Comment and share how you’ve used the art of misdirection with your attorney-clients.

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