As speakers and as performers, when we are backstage — that’s when the nerves can get the best of us. One of the most effective techniques to center us is also one of the most simple.
When we decide to make one change, no matter how small, this can have a beautiful ripple effect in all aspects of our craft.
Any situation can become more interesting. With a simple mind set shift, a performance can go from good to unforgettable.
Initiating that first moment of momentum is often the hardest act. When we are willing to make a choice first – no mater what it is – we can follow that choice up with justification after the fact.
Preparedness sets us up to have everything we need on stage. Planning can ruin a scene. As speakers we can take a queue from improv and have parts of our Talks where we simply react to whatever happens in the moment.
As a speaker, it’s important that we take risks in our craft. We must push ourselves and try things that we’ve never tried before.
In improv theater, making one statement behind the curtain can add safety and trust to the entire cast. “I’ve got your back” will connect the performers and sets the stage for a powerful show.
The concept of “Yes, and…” (from improv theater) is an excellent starting point technique for performers and speakers alike.
Have a plan for your game day. Decide what you need to do in order to perform at your highest level and put all those elements in place. Don’t leave game day to chance.
Visualization dramatically increases your chance for success.