SURVIVOR Super Fan

A blog to document my passion and ongoing efforts to be cast on Survivor


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Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s your favorite Rob of all???

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.

 

 

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“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

The title of the post comes from J.K. Rowling, or should I say from Albus Dumbledore…This season, and recent seasons of Survivor, they continue to highlight choices.  Do I try to get an Immunity Idol during a challenge in front of everyone or  do I choose the puzzle with less pieces, but higher degree of difficulty.  The choices make for interesting events and variety in the game.  It highlights the differences in contestants and often creates tension and conflict.  It was tremendous television waiting to see if Kelley would make the choice and go for the idol at the immunity challenge. Just imagine Kelley got caught going for the idol!

So why do I dedicate a post to choices?  I think there are a myriad of choices made throughout the game and I think this is where the game can be won or lost..and I think I make good choices!  It is not that I think I always choose right and others choose wrong.  It is that I approach problems differently and don’t limit myself to the choices offered.  If offered A or B, I often identify C as a viable alternative.  Call it thinking outside the box, not caring if there is a box, or as I’ve been told – I simply don’t think the rules apply to me.  I tend to think of “rules” as “guidelines”.  I tend to step over the line in pursuit of options that meet my needs.

The title quote is known to millions of Harry Potter fans around the world.  Maybe after I play Survivor, the world will know my quote just as well…”You don’t know where the line is until you step over it and take a tiny step back.”

 


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Who the hell am I??? – Casting call day at the Big E!

What a great day!  I attended my 7th open casting call in my quest to get on Survivor.  Over the past five years, the lines are a little shorter (I was #96), but the idea is the same.  Hopeful people of all ages, shape and sizes trying to catch the attention of the good casting folks (shameless suck up acknowledged).  A few are veterans who have done this before.  Many are open casting call virgins, trying for the first time to get on the show.  Most make mistakes in their approach and do not have a good prepared approach.  Many botch their prepared statements.  A few put forth a good effort.  I had a blast meeting the CBS people running the event and many of the folk in line.  It is a shame if you attend a casting call and do not take the time to embrace the other Survivor geeks who are there.  Treat it as you would when you hit the beach the first day.  Approach people, early and often.  Don’t look for someone cute in line and fixate.  Mix it up and say hello to the kids, the old people, the guys, the girls, the quiet and the loud (i fall into three of those categories!).

My girlfriend joined me and got to not only see the experience for the first time, but she took a shot at it as well!  20150926_114107Funny story – She doesn’t care for Survivor (that part is not funny), but loves Amazing Race.  She had intended to do her 1 minute speech about her life experiences and what she brings to the game, and at the end say something like “so put me on Amazing Race and I will do great!”.  Unfortunately, she forgot that last portion…so guess she will only be considered for Survivor!

 

 

 

For my part, I hit things as well as I had hoped.  I delivered a well prepared speech.  I did not fumble any words or forget to include any details.  I felt comfortable as my speech pretty much writes itself.  It is very true to who I am.  Title of the speech was “Who the hell is Rob Folz???”  I detailed clearly how I am a successful salesman, a former family business owner, and a student of the game.  I explained how my life experience is applicable to the game of Survivor and how I think that would make me successful on the island.  Thanks to my patient & supportive girlfriend.  Also to my partner in this quest, my oldest daughter who lives and breathes this game as I do.

 

I caught up with my casting call friend Lauren that I have seen at 4 of my 7 casting call attempts.20150926_123058

I met every single person in line, even if only briefly.  I met some good young guys that show that the next generation is now applying for this show as I think my kid will in a couple more years when old enough.  So now I wait for that magic call.  I am prepared as I believe the phone call is the 2nd stage of the process.  I will take the call and be prepared with my excitement and enthusiasm which is easy for me when talking Survivor.  I will continue the blogging efforts as I prepare for My Time.

I will end with a few shoutouts – In addition to my girlfriend, daughter and casting friend, to the people I met in line…@pickmeforsurvivor, @dylanaustinturner, @atmosephere, @pennilaneclifton, the good people I met at WGGB.