The Problem

Woman with fear

Insecurity: Doubts and instability weaken your projection.

You are always on stage as a whole person. There is no way to hide. Any gesture, tension, emotion or thought you have is projected onto your audience. If you doubt yourself or your performance, or if you feel uncomfortable on stage, you transmit this part of yourself along with the message you want to give. They may not know what your doubts and insecurities are, but they sense something, maybe a tension or an ambiguity, or they experience simply a lack of feeling touched. So your conscious and subconscious doubts and insecurities prevent you from giving a clear message – and this is how they weaken your projection.

Attention focus: Your mind does not concentrate on the moment.

Many musicians, actors or public speakers report situations on stage when they just cannot get their mind off distractions, they can’t stop worrying and trying to control the situation and predict its outcomes. In those moments, our attention is trapped in a certain pattern of thought, such as “I am not good enough” or “what is the jury going to think” or “I need to convince my audience”. Then, our mind keeps filtering the seemingly “relevant” information (for example, a smile or serious look in the face of someone, or technical aspects of our performance, or the probable opinion of people in the audience).

When our attention goes to predicting the consequences and success, or to evaluating ourselves and our performance, it ceases to be with the emotion or message we have to convey. We lose contact with our body and lose touch with the moment.

Nervousness blocks: Fears or nervousness limit your impact.

The impact on your audience depends to a large extent on how able you are to direct your energy towards them. The skill of directing your energy (as an emotion or message), consists of two parts: First, having a clear intention about what you want to convey. Second, physically directing it towards the audience. Not only do nervousness and fears cause you physical symptoms, involuntary tensions or movements, that distract your direction, but also do they take your mind off your message. You may have realized that the more you fight or suppress fear, nervousness and their symptoms, the stronger becomes their influence on you and your performance.

Thinking man

Emotional blocks: Negative emotions about yourself thwart your success.

As humans we are under the constant influence of conscious and subconscious emotions. At any given moment, we don’t only feel current emotions. Instead, we carry with us a load of old sentiments and emotional baggage attached to similar situations or memories that get triggered by the present.

If you have past experiences of failing, being criticized, feeling anxious or panic, they may cause automatic physical, mental or emotional reactions, the moment you step into the spotlight, or during the period of preparation. They can make you sabotage yourself, despite better knowledge, or keep you from showing your potential just when it’s important.

Compensation cost: You endure your own costly attempts to balance your life.

Even the most successful public speakers, musicians and actors have to find a way of balancing their own public appearances. Performing on stage is a high-energy, high- presence, and demanding task, and even for the most experienced performers it includes the challenge of integrating it into their lives. They need to recharge batteries, reconnect with themselves, and compensate the pressure of public expectation. They need to find a healthy and meaningful way of connecting their own self with the celebrity on stage. Eating, drinking, substance abuse, or other extensive habits are only some of the intents with long-term secondary costs.

In order to find yourself and your balance, you have to find your meaning of life, independent from any audience or even from other people in general.

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