Through Thick and Thin

April 1, 2015

Eddie Redmayne and Emma Stone were interviewed in The New York Times and over lunch they discussed life, the world, and the universe.

On the subject of acting, they discussed the need actors have to live with ‘thin skin.’ Emma spoke of the needing to be ‘translucent’ as "[one’s] emotional landscape is what we deal with all day."

I feel ya, Girl. I live within the emotional landscape of my work every day too. It is true that I don’t morph into Sally Bowles or Stephen Hawking but I sure feel I put myself out there authentically. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

And it takes energy. Cognitive energy. Psychic energy. Spiritual energy. Emma says, "You have to find this fine line between making sure you maintain who you are as a person, without becoming violently protective of your privacy, which can make you shut down."

Don’t shut down. Recharge. Rejuvenate. Restore. Unplug. But don’t shut down. Walk that tightrope between thick skin and thin skin. We need your light. Be translucent.

If you have any questions, comments or topic suggestions, please feel free to call me, 650-868-1916 and we can Face Time, Skype me at jenniferabrams, or email me at and we can set up a time to talk voice to voice. I look forward to hearing from you!

Cool Resources

The Thinking Collaborative (formerly Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools, now merged and renamed) is hosting an amazing lineup of offerings this summer at the Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe, CA. Foundational and advanced sessions as well as a new one I would like to learn more about "Deepening Identity as Collaborators and Inquirers: A Seminar for Extending Learning."


The Teacher Voice Report is out. My colleague, Peter DeWitt, blogged about Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think. He shares that Russ Quaglia and his group, Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center, have released the four-year study of surveys collected from 2010-2014. They have reported that eight conditions are vital in schools for students and teachers discover their voice. The site says, “Ultimately, recognizing and valuing teacher voice and their aspirations will lead to academic, personal, and social growth for the entire educational community.” Report is linked to on Peter’s blog. Read on…

AND…A few new books on my shelf. Take a look…

About Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams considers herself a "voice coach," helping others learn how to best use their voices – be it collaborating on a team, presenting in front of an audience, coaching a colleague and supervising an employee. Jennifer holds a Master's degree in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in English from Tufts University. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Jennifer's latest book is Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives. Her previous publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating, Collaborating & Creating Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, the Whens and the What Ifs. She has also created a Corwin Press e-course by the same name.

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