Preparing Your Mind for Stage Mastery
Apply the Switching Strategies
In her ground-breaking book,
Your Destiny Switch, New York Times best selling
author, Peggy McColl shares fifteen simple and
profoundly effective strategies for switching your
emotional state from negative to positive. When I read
this book for the first time, I remember thinking how
relevant her insights are to speaking and performing.
Since speaking is mostly
transference of feeling, it’s important that you feel
the right emotions when you speak, in order to keep your
emotional state congruent with your message.
To apply the fifteen strategies
effectively, McColl suggests that you first acknowledge
your emotional state, and observe how you’re being
affected, both physically and mentally. Then, you need
to make a clear decision to change your emotional state
if needed. If you decide you need a change, you move on
to the first step in deploying the switching strategies.
The fifteen strategies are:
Slow your breathing.
Get away, even if it’s just into
another room for a while.
Nature meditation. Go outside and
stare at a flower or a tree for one minute or so.
Mini meditation. Take a few
moments alone to detach yourself from your thoughts.
Use Humor. Humor releases
endorphins that help lift your mood.
“Snap” out of it. Wear a rubber
band around your wrist and snap it to remind yourself to
apply these strategies.
Create a Verbal Cue. A few words
can act as the rubber band to remind you to make the
conscious decision to feel differently.
Get Moving. Physical activity
increases oxygen to your brain and clarifies your
Attend to your body. The benefits
of a healthy body are obvious.
Listen to positive music. Music
triggers emotions in your brain. Listen to the theme
song from “Rocky” and see how it affects you.
Connect with positive people.
Use your imagination. Create an
imaginary experience and trigger positive emotions. Take
a luxury car for a test drive or try on an expensive
Use your memory. Think about a
time in your life when you felt emotionally elated.
Reach out and help someone else.
Replace negative thoughts with
“Your Destiny Switch,” by Peggy
McColl is a definite “must read” for anyone in the
business of speaking or performing.
So, what’s the lesson? Follow the
above fifteen switching strategies, to switch from a
negative emotional state to a positive one.