I live in the world of performance. What often occupies my thoughts (when I’m not on stage) is how I can create and deliver a production that conveys a message, creates an experience, or challenges my abilities.
But, as I say in nearly all of my speeches, “YOU are also on stage every day. What you say, what you do (and how you do it) IS your performance.” Those things convey who you are, what you believe, and whether or not you are credible. Your day to day performances have the capacity to inspire or disappoint – captivate or bore – soar to unexpected heights or fall short of anticipations.
It’s entirely up to you.
The starting point to improving your life is improving your performance experiences. And, regardless of your background, you can do that. Opportunities are all around you.
For many months, I have been in the process of creating an experience for the National Speakers Association. I am the Producer of the Presenting and Performing Jam Session, which will take place April 11-13 at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas. I am super excited about this, because I’ve put together a team of performance experts to help speakers, trainers, leaders (and anyone who hopes to create more compelling presentations) add entertainment value, create dynamic experiences, and engage audiences in new and powerful ways.
My team of “Jam Leaders” includes Rich Little (legendary impersonator and comedian), the conductor of Cirque du Soleil, a story development expert who consults with Disney, Pixar, and LucasFilm, phenomenal speakers, entertainers, performance coaches, movement experts, Rolling Stone’s #42 guitarist of all time (Robert Fripp) and even a few “Surprise Guests” – Las Vegas celebrities who will be stopping by. It is going to be a MIND BLOWING event!
So, as I sat down to write this month’s Action Mail (and create an experience for you), many of the details of that anticipated experience continue to swim through my thoughts. Questions like:
“Has Gio confirmed with Lance Burton about his appearance on Sunday?”
“Do we have adequate lighting, staging, and sound to make the performances shine?”
“What will the Showgirls be wearing, and will that offend anyone in the audience?”
Seriously, this is going to be “off the chain!”
So, instead of dismissing these thoughts, I thought I would go with it, share the fun with you, and extend the message so it resonates with your personal experience. You see, there are many vital lessons you can implement today to maximize your performance opportunities. Here are a few for starters.
Remember that every experience you create will exist first in your thoughts, then in your actions, and ultimately, in the experience of your audience. Your reality is not necessarily their reality. And their reality is the one that matters most.
Cultivate the mindset of a performer. Study entertainment all around you. It’s truly the way we learn, love, and emotionally connect to our world.
Step into the light. Project your voice to the back of the house. And confidently convey what you believe. When you do, your audience will be drawn into your experience, and they will be changed because of it.
Now go hit the stage. You’re on!
Break a leg (that’s performers lingo for “have a great show”),