PAINT YOUR SKILLS
I capitalized this because most creative people find it easy express how we feel, see or want through art, business, fitness..la di da da da. So basically presenting our ideas through another source.
But us going in front of people, thousands of people... that’s kind of like ugh. Showing just ourselves?
You gotta face
Now let's look at some people who do amazing in front of a lot of people. For example, Ellen Degeneres. She can keep her comedian personality in front of millions of viewers, and she does it like a pro. She’s so funny!
Or those great acts... perhaps Cirque du Soleil? You see the gracefulness the acrobats maintain while doing some crazy stunts.
Now I compared myself to see how performers can do so great and not so great.
I been a magician since I was 7 years old. Now I’m 21 and that’s 14 years of my life right there. I have been on television, radio, big shows in front of thousands of audiences, judges and peers. I have no problem performing in front of a lot of people. It is my second nature.
YET, when I have an assignment to present in front of my peers in university and well...you probably have experienced these symptoms to that I am about to dot down:
-Shakiness in body, breathing or thoughts
There’s a lot more, but I find those are the basics. Now, I question how did I even get to to that point, OR all those great acts or presentations excel? This is what I did.
I came up with a formula called S.P.O= Great performance!
- S meaning Skill set and knowledge.
I know this seems obvious. However, less you know, it totally shows. Your presentation, act or performance is a mirror of you. You should be able to summarize most of your topic.
Those symptoms you have might be indicators that you don’t know enough and that it is actually fear talking it’s troll hoping that no one is going to catch you! Hoping no one finds out your not as knowledgeable as you should be. That is not always the case, but it is an indicator.
How to change this? Read a fun book equivalent to your topic, talk to others in that discipline or watch helpful videos. Any source of material that you can easily retain and recall especially when you practice. That brings me to the next point.
- P meaning well, like I just said Practice. BUT, now this is important.
HOW YOU PRACTICE IS MORE CRUCIAL than just doing something without a proper way of doing it.
I see and your probably seeing people practicing all the time. There’s the, “Oh I’m practicing” but really just reading something over again. (Got to admit, I do this).
That will not help. But if you practice by challenging yourself each time to do one part better each time is more efficient. Here’s a great example from the book I read called, “ Attributes of Great Achievers ll” by Cameron C.Taylor”.
In one section, Taylor emphasizes on a great Olympian named Roger Bannister. He insisted and accomplished breaking the all time record of running the four-minute mile for the olympics in 1952.
How was this done?
He did it one at the time. He would increase his speed by every few seconds until he actually reached the minutes he needed to be at.
That’s true practicing. This type of practice makes it fun and also gives you the fire you want to do more. People see that. Practicing one element adds up to the big result as a whole of a true successful performance.
Which goes to the last part of the formula.
- O which stands for One thing.
We all have a weakness or strength. Each time you practice, focus on one element until it is better than before. It could be your speaking, knowledge, activity you want to do or placing. Remember this saying, "Never ending constant improvement"; even if you are really good at it. You can always do better. Each time.
Whatever that it is you feel something is not right. YOU ARE RIGHT, you need to correct it.
If you are not sure what you are doing wrong you could
-video tape yourself
-practice in front of mirror
-get a friend or a close relative to watch you
-watch other’s and see what their doing to add that one element that you could do.
This will help with your performance.
Furthering your performances in any discipline well help in many ways, such as your confidence, thinking and being able to teach others what you know.
How do I know these tips worked?
Well I did all these tricks before I became a pro as a magician.
I furthered my SKILL set by competing, getting criticism, reading books and to demonstrate my skills I PRACTICED a lot until I remembered every word and placement I needed to do. And, I corrected many ONE things that I felt needed improvement on.
There you go. Let me know if any of this helped you!
What are your ways of getting reading for a show, performance, presentation?
What would you like me to chat about next ? :)