Preparing Your Mind for Stage Mastery
Attention to the Person in the
Before speaking or performing, I
always pause a minute or so, and I take a good look at
the person in the mirror. I do this for several reasons:
I want to visualize who my
audience is going to be seeing. This helps me to put
myself in their shoes a little, and it elevates my
understanding of what their experience will be like.
Itís all part of having empathy for my audience, as I
mentioned in the SPICE section of chapter two.
I check to make sure that Iím
physically prepared to present, that I donít have to
worry when I walk out onto the stage. I check to make
sure that my tie is properly tied, and whether there are
obvious imperfections of which Iím not aware, such as a
green thing between my teeth.
I give myself a little pep-talk.
A mini ďRah! Rah!Ē session to help elevate my belief
that I will do the best I can do when I take the stage
in a few minutes.
The last thing I do is to give
myself a mini pat on the back. A personal ďAtta-boyĒ for
pursuing my passion, and getting myself to this spot, on
this day, and being ready to do my work.
So, whatís the lesson? Give
yourself a little personal encouragement and accolades
for a job well done, before you begin to speak. It will
lift your confidence, and elevate your empathy for the