The Transformation – Part 3

Welcome to today's podcast episode where we'll be exploring the often-overlooked aspect of performance improvement that can lead to remarkable results. Many people strive to improve their performance in various areas of life, including their career, relationships, and personal growth. Some follow traditional methods of hard work, focus, and discipline, while others seek more unconventional approaches.

In this episode, we're going to discuss a secret ingredient that can make the journey towards success more enjoyable and fulfilling, leading to improved performance beyond what you thought possible. This ingredient is so often overlooked or dismissed, yet its power can be transformative when incorporated into your performing.

We'll delve into this secret ingredient and explore how it can help you unleash your creativity, and unlock your full potential, and engage your audience on a different lelve. You can start using this right away to enhance your performing not just in front of an audience, but in all areas of life.

So, tune in as we reveal the key to unlocking the full potential of your performance and reveal what it is!

If you missed the first episodes of this series you can find them here: The Courageous Performer Podcast

Also, if you want to see the video I mention in this episode, you can find it here: Where's the F in Work

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The Courageous Performer Podcast

The Transformation - Part  3

Here are the other Transformation episodes:

Read the episode transcript here:


Hi, I'm Hattie Voelcker from Find Your True Voice, and welcome to this the third episode in this series of five, on creating the transformation in your performance.



So we've talked about the inner voice, we've talked about listening to the inner voice, we've talked about taking a different perspective on the inner voice. Today, we're going to be looking at the secret ingredient for any really any and every really good performance, and this secret ingredient transforms literally any performance, because it changes not only how you act and think, when you're performing, but also how you prepare, enables you to prepare better, do more preparation, and put your brain in a state where it is ready to learn, and it's more receptive neurobiologically to learning.



On top of this, it changes how you think and feel about your audience. It gives you a different perspective on them. It changes how you think and feel about your material and how you deliver it, and it changes how you think and feel about yourself, which changes the way you behave, and the signals you give off to those watching you. Now the upside of this secret ingredient and taking it on board is that it is the ingredient I imagine you have always wanted to have. Whatever you're performing, this is the ingredient you've always wanted to have, but perhaps you haven't believed that you deserved it, you're good enough for it, or that it's the right way to go about it. Or maybe you just think you're not capable of being there, in that place where you can add this ingredient.



The downside, and the reason you've probably been struggling to to incorporate this into your performing is the inner voice, also known as you, because it doesn't want you to have this ingredient. So what is the ingredient that I'm so mysteriously talking about? Have you ever heard the phrase, "You're not taking this seriously," or "You have to be serious about getting ahead"? and think of those teachers who in the classroom setting will, will ask people to sit down and behave sensibly and and take things seriously.



These attitudes are totally understandable, but really unhelpful. Because what this voice and these phrases are out to try and stop is to try and stop you being frivolous. To try and stop you missing opportunities, and I'm trying to think of a polite way of putting it, and because the interesting thing is often frivolity is an expression of insecurity. So we don't take things seriously in inverted commas because we worry that if we did and we still failed, that would make us even more of a failure and it would show that there was something intrinsically wrong with you. If you work really hard, and you still don't do it, this is behind the class clown, it's easier to get attention and credit for that than working hard and possibly failing. If you know you can entertain the class, then it distracts you from your insecurities.



But there's a real difference between frivolity and what I want to talk about here, which is fun. Because we have this idea that if we're having fun, then something might not be as much value or we might not be pulling all, sucking all the value out of it. But that's such rubbish because if you look at children when they're having fun, it's like my children, they never practise the piano so hard is when they don't think they're practising it. They just think they're having fun, and they practice and practice and they try that, that little passage there that they can't get right and they try and they try and then try it until they do get it right. Also known as practice, but if I call it practice, and I get them to repeat that bit again and again, and again, it that feels boring, and hard and unpleasant.



The voice is worried that if you're having fun, you won't work hard enough or you won't work at all. But that's not true. As I said, when kids have fun, they work harder when you're having fun doing something, how quickly does the time go? How easy do you find it to put in effort, physical effort, intellectual effort to do what you're doing? And you can spend hours doing the same thing and working to get it right. But it doesn't feel like work. Fun makes work, not work. So instead of us becoming frivolous, suddenly, we actually lean into caring about it, for the enjoyment sake, we care about it because of the enjoyment we're getting from it, which means we end up with more energy to do it.



Because I don't know about you, but I find when I'm having fun, I might get to the end and feel exhausted, but when I'm in it, I feel energised and I will do more of it. So you can see how if you inject FUN into your performing, and into your preparation, you are likely to do more of it, and probably do a better job. Now, obviously, we can go into more depth here as to what is stopping you, what is stopping YOU having fun, what that voice is about, and I do that with my one to one of my course, but the key to this is really simple. How do you bring more fun to literally everything?



In fact, what I will do is in the blurb to this podcast, I will put a link to a video I did many, many years ago, all about this called "Where's the F in work?" Where is the fun in work? When I did this talk, it was in Essex, and I asked everyone what they thought the F should stand for, and I got the answer you might predict back. That's, I think, edited out of the video. But fun doesn't mean frivolous. So you can really have fun doing tragedy, you can really enjoy serious topics, because interest is enjoyment. You know, when you were with teachers who had a real interest in their subject matter, they, you could tell they were enjoying teaching it and you enjoyed the process more. So your audience gets more when you enjoy more.



They not only get more in the performance, because you're delivering with so much more freedom and enjoyment, but they also get more because if you've brought fun to the preparation, you'll do more preparation, better work, and the delivery will be better, because you'll have prepared it with love and fun and enjoyment. And you'll transmit the material with more energy and passion. And you'll be more lighthearted, making it feel lighter for you and for the audience. And actually the state of play and fun puts your neural biologically in a better state for learning, which is why preparation can be more effective. But also if you get your audience in that state of fun and play, then they will be neurobiologically set up to learn better from what you're saying, and so what I would suggest is now you are able, hopefully, to look at your inner voice, hear your inner voice and start perhaps to have a conversation with your inner voice after episodes one and two, talk to your inner voice about fun and serious. Talk to your inner voice about the fact that fun and enjoyment can help you do a better job.



Now next time, I'm going to be talking about how you connect with your audience. Now I've talked about one way actually how fun and enjoyment can help you connect with your audience, but we're going to be digging into that in greater depth in the next episode. Because how you connect with your audience not only enhances their experience of the performance, it enhances your experience of the performance, and then you get this wonderful symbiotic relationship where you're feeding off their positive vibes, they're feeding off your positive vibes. Particularly if you've managed to inject some fun into what you're doing, and you can then start to take the whole thing to the next level.



But from today's episode, what I'd love for you to take away is first and foremost, fun helps you work harder. So you can talk to your inner voice about this idea that if you're having fun, you're not taking it seriously. Fun puts you into the mental mindset and headspace and neurobiological position where actually you can learn more. It also helps you relax and connect with your audience more and give your audience more not only through better preparation, but through a more relaxed and lighthearted presentation style.



It also makes hard work easy, because it's much, much easier to work hard when you're having fun, you have more energy, and more stamina, and you don't notice the time passing. So this idea that fun is bad and serious is good, is understandable. But actually, when it comes down to it really, really unhelpful. Because ultimately, if you take something seriously, it feels heavier, it feels more important, which puts more pressure on it, which puts more pressure on you, which heightens your anxiety and makes it harder. It makes it easier to procrastinate harder to get on with things, and harder to feel relaxed in the moment. If you delve into the interest and enjoyment, then everything starts to spiral up in a really good way. I'm Hattie Voelcker from Find Your True Voice, thank you for listening.