Better Answers

If you’ve been following BiteSize recently, you might have seen a pattern emerging.

Ask questionsAsk better questions.
Give your own answers.  And now, Give Better Answers.

Which raises the question, “how do I improve on my own answers?”  Here are some ideas to consider (you didn’t think I’d actually give you the answers, did you??):-

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1.  Don’t take your answers for granted.  Assess them.
If this sounds complicated, it’s really not.  You’ve done it a gazillion times in lessons.

Same or different?
What did you notice about that?
How did you do?
Did you achieve what you set out to achieve?

All these very simple questions perform the same task – to assess how well your Alexander thinking went.

2.  Timing is important.
You do the assessing afterwards.  Whatever activity you’re looking at, you plan it, you do it, then you assess it.  Trying to assess during or before will lead to woe and strife.  Promise.

3.  Different elements
It helps to separate out the different elements to your answers.  Some elements may be working better than others; pinning down which is which is important.  A few of the most common elements are:-

Clarity of intention – being very clear about exactly what you want to achieve
Choosing the best protocol – which bits of you need to do which job
Stopping the habitual response – and keeping it stopped
Keeping your thinking going all the way through – if you let it drop, you get your old habits back.

4.  Knowing
By now, you’ve probably had a tussle or two with the idea of ‘knowing’, and ‘knowing how to’.   If you try to measure your answers against your old pre-Alexander concepts of ‘knowing’ and ‘knowing how to’, you will always restrict yourself.

5.  Judging vs. Being Judgemental
They are not the same things.  Judging is objective and constructive, and a far more useful strategy than being judgemental.

6.  Experiment
Bear in mind this is a learning process.  Finding out what doesn’t work, and moving on from there is as important as success, if not more so.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles /

CNHC and ITM registered Alexander Technique teacher.

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