Have you ever stood and applauded a performance? Was it concert, play, or game? What caused you to do this? This week we’ll discuss three key ways to leave your audience standing.
Recently my wife and I attended [amazon-product text=”The Lion King” type=”text”]B001AQR3JY[/amazon-product] theatrical performance at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis. It was remarkable. It left us standing and applauding at the end. The first key to leave them standing is to come out with a bang. The opening scene of The Lion King was fantastic. As we were seated, the music began, and we noticed a singer perched high up on a balcony. Next, we saw a lead character introduced on stage with a booming, radiant voice. Then the animal puppeteers began to parade down the aisles to the stage for the opening musical scene. Words do not give this opening scene justice. It instantly created a buzz within the audience. Adults and children both were laughing and cheering. The wonder in the eyes of the children was magical. The look of joy on my wife’s face was worth the price of the admission alone. If you want to put on a show and leave your audience impressed, you must come out with a bang. Do something to grab their attention right away. As a teacher I have to think of news ways every year to grab my students’ attention at the beginning of a lesson. Sometimes this involves a motivational quote or an inspiring story or personal story that they can relate to. No matter what job you have, you can find a way to start the day, week, and year off with a bang that will leave your peers and supervisors in awe.
No matter what musical genre we love, one thing is universal amongst all music fans: we love a great performance. What are the five best concerts you have been to? For me they are: [amazon-product text=”Ryan Bingham” type=”text”]B000VDDCHE[/amazon-product], [amazon-product text=”Rob Thomas” type=”text”]B0007XT4RK[/amazon-product], [amazon-product text=”Incubus” type=”text”]B00005QG9J[/amazon-product], [amazon-product text=”Norah Jones” type=”text”]B000KCHZK6[/amazon-product], and [amazon-product text=”Dave Matthews Band” type=”text”]B004NDVJZK[/amazon-product]. One thing all these performers have in common is that they left their hearts on their sleeve. They gave it everything they had during their performance; there was nothing left in the tank. I could tell this by the tone of their voice, the connection to the audience, and their authentic performance for the full length of the show. Going to these concerts made me appreciate how much effort and enthusiasm the artists had. Their actions and stage presence left you feeling that you had watched their best performance. The second lesson is to ‘leave it all on the field.’ At the end of the day be able to walk away, look yourself in the mirror, and say you gave it your all. If you can say this about yourself, others will notice as well. People want to work with and for others who give it their absolute best. It is inspiring. Even if you are not happy with your current circumstances, remember that your attitude determines your altitude. If your best effort is given, your happiness and opportunities for advancement will increase.
One can give it their all but, let’s face it, if they have no ability it is not going to matter. The final lesson is on the importance of practice and skill development. People do not stand and applaud others who lack talent. If you went to a concert and the band was giving it their all but sounded terrible, you wouldn’t applaud them. Effort is great, but it needs to be combined with skill. Society wants excellence. In order to be excellent, you must put in the hours of practice. Last week’s blog mentioned the importance of the rule of 10,000. If you want increase your earnings, you must double your learning. Find people who excel in your area of interest and study what makes them great. Find out what successful people do and then put that into your practice. People do not like phonies and can sniff them out from a mile away. If the practice has not been put in, people will be able to tell immediately. Find a way every day to make yourself better. Life is learning. With the technology that is available to us today, there is no reason why you cannot spend at least 15 minutes a day on self-improvement.
A way to impress is to always leave your audience wanting more. Give them your very best and leave them wondering what you can do next. Treat each job, gig, or game as if it were the most important one you’ve ever had. You never know which one will cause you to blow up, but eventually you will. Take care, have a good week, and be a RGP.
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