You can do a lot of research to prepare for Survivor, but many have said, ”you are who you are”. They even say you are an intensified version of yourself. So going in, an advantage is to have some skills, some traits that are already you. You should go in recognizing skills that you already have, and attempt to bring them into your game play. As a sales person, something that has always come naturally to me is: “Mirror & Match”. This is when you behave in a manner that helps listeners feel comfortable, and focus on the subject matter of the message without any distraction. Think of it more like attempting to speak somebody’s native language, or observing local customs when visiting a foreign country. Mirror and matching is extending a courtesy, by acting in a way that the listener wants you to act.
Five examples are listed below:
1: Physiology – Match their posture and physical mannerisms
2: Speech Rate – Speak at a similar speed and tempo
3: Volume – Speak as loudly, or as softly as them
4: Tonality & Pitch – Make your voice sound like their voice
5: Phrase backtracking – Restate their favorite words back to them
Now the above can be done by studying this concept before you hit the island, but it could come off as fake, or robotic. But as a natural skill that I possess, I don’t think about it…it just happens. The fun part is to imagine how I would do this with a slow talking Southerner, or someone from NYC. I would not try to pull off all 5 with say… Fabio the surfer dude (winner of Survivor Nicaragua), but bits and pieces could go a long way.
It is a way to develop relationships by allowing the other person to have some source of comfort with you. On an island without your typical sources of comfort, people will take whatever little bit they can get. So employing this technique makes yourself someone that is easy to talk to, and most importantly… relatable.