Dealing with Anxiety

The other day I saw an article on essential tips for public speaking by someone whose posts I usually like and think very valuable. They listed about 15 different things to think about before performing, some of which I think are great – like enjoy what you are doing – others I question, but that’s not really my issue.

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Confidence vs Arrogance as a Performer

One of the things that comes up again and again for the singers I work with is the balance between confidence and arrogance. How can you be self-confident without veering into arrogance?

The answer for me is simple, once you understand that arrogance is a form of armour against vulnerability.

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3 Minute Ideas – 4. Name it to Tame it

This is a series of 3 minute videos to help performers be more comfortable, confident and effective in front of an audience. Sharing powerful ideas and strategies in a short space of time.

This video is on the idea of name it to tame it. An idea described by Dan Siegel, it looks as the best way to deal with emotions and manage them more effectively.

Especially for performers, this is a very useful technique for dealing with fear.

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3 Minute Ideas – 3. How World Class Professionals Practise

This is a series of 3 minute videos to help performers be more comfortable, confident and effective in front of an audience. Sharing powerful ideas and strategies in a short space of time.

This video is on how world class professionals practise. Based on the work of Andres Ericsson, I take a look at the different types of practice we can use, and which is the most effective.

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3 Minute Ideas – 2. Developing a Talent

This is a series of 3 minute videos to help performers be more comfortable, confident and effective in front of an audience. These short videos share powerful ideas and strategies in a short space of time.

This video is on Developing a Talent, what goes into expanding your skills and how we can use this to our advantage. It is inspired by the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.

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3 Minute Ideas – 1. The Power of Yet

This is a series of 3 minute videos to help performers be more comfortable, confident and effective in front of an audience. These short videos share powerful ideas and strategies in a short space of time.

The first video is on The Power of Yet, an idea from Carol Dweck that will help you achieve more and give you the impetus to keep trying if at first you don’t succeed.

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Engaging Your Audience – The Power of Empathy

We all know how important it is for our audiences to feel like they understand us, get what we are talking about so want to hear what we have to say or sing. Them empathising with us is what helps us achieve this, but how do we help them empathise with us, and what else can empathy do for us as performers?

How can you use empathy in engaging your audience?

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How to Recover from Messing Up in Public

When we are courageous enough to put ourselves out there in public, we risk making a mistake or two, and feeling stupid. We’ve all had performances we’ve felt have gone badly, and some we feel have gone disastrously wrong. This can make us feel like we never want to perform again, or at least not until we’re a good deal better, have learned the words, or have nailed our technique etc.

So how do we deal with Messing up in Public? How do we pick ourselves up and dust ourselves down?

This blog looks at what to do after a disastrous performance, how to get your confidence back and put yourself out there again.

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How to Stand Out for all the Right Reasons

When we perform ourselves in front of an audience we want them to remember us for the right reasons. So often we are worried that we will mess up and then the memory they will go away with is of how terrible we are.

In this blog I take a look at what it takes to stand out from the crowd, what gets in the way of us doing this and how we can change that. more “How to Stand Out for all the Right Reasons”

Why do we procrastinate? The 3 reasons and how to stop! The Quickest Fix

What is the quickest way to stop procrastinating? In Step 1 we looked at the reasons we procrastinate, in Step 2 I explained why what we usually do to get stuff done doesn’t work. In the last step of my vlog series on procrastination I cover the quickest way to stop procrastinating and get stuff done….. more “Why do we procrastinate? The 3 reasons and how to stop! The Quickest Fix”