Fear Holding You Back From Giving A Great Comedy Performance? Stop
Stage Fright And Perform To Your Potential In Auditions And Performances.
Here are five peak performance
strategies that we used to help a first-time stand-up comedian gain
control over her performance nerves. You can use these too.
Is Fear Holding You Back From Giving A Great
Stop Stage Fright And Perform To Your Potential
In Auditions And Performances
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Recently I received a phone call from Hollywood.
A first-time stand up comedian wanted help getting past her stage
fright and nerves for an upcoming show case. I agreed to coach her.
She had heard about my work with well-known professional and college
athletes, actors, musicians, dancers and other performers, in helping
them perform to their fullest abilities.
In a short few days, she was to walk on the stage at the world-famous
Improv in Hollywood to a packed house to deliver her comedy debut.
This was quite a project. She had extensive experience as a world-class
model, but not very much as a comedian. But, comedy was her passion,
and she was motivated to succeed. You can learn some of the mental
game approaches I used with her to handle your own stage fright.
I know you want to give an inspired performance. There are ways
to do that, using your mind.
Here are the five main peak performance strategies we used to help
her gain control over her performance nerves. You can use these
Use Self-Hypnosis To Gain Calm And Focus: You can learn self-hypnosis
very quickly. This allows you to rapidly relax and maintain poise
in the face of performance pressure. It also primes your mind to
do creative visualization procedures that help you learn your material
and performance cues.
Bring In Your Past To Create Excellence In Your Future: Using
creative visualization, I took this first-time comedian back to
her successful experiences modeling on stage, her best comedy practice
sessions, and other areas in her life when she was in the zone.
We then migrated the powerful feelings to her comedy debut so she
would feel the same exciting feelings of competency and the rush
of performing of the zone.
Use Centering To Ground Yourself: You can learn to center
your mind, body and emotions very quickly so you can feel in control,
even in an out-of-control environment. This grounded feeling is
a mixture of feeling secure, confident and excited-all at the same
Make Breathing Your Best Friend: If you perform, you must
have mastery over your breath. Otherwise, performer's anxiety shows
up way too often. Performers who ignore their breathing are not
in control of themselves. Under pressure, your breathing patterns
are the first part of your system to degrade. Learn some breath-control
approaches and you will feel 100% more confident when you perform.
Turn Off The Inner Critic: Everyone wants to succeed on stage.
The problem is, if you critique, analyze, evaluate and assess yourself
when you perform, you are sabotaging yourself big time. Vow not
to self-evaluate as you are on stage. Trust your training and practice.
Allow it to go on autopilot. Do that and the zone will be your friend.
You may be wondering how this first-time comedian did at her big
show case at the Improv. She killed. She performed brilliantly in
front of a packed house. She loved the experience.
You love show business too. You want to be successful. As a comedian
you know the phrase, "No funny, no money!" To be funny, when it
counts, you must side-step your fears, and allow your creative,
performer self to emerge. To do that you need a system, a toolkit
of peak performance strategies that fend off stage fright. I can
help you develop that system. You deserve to make all your hard
work and dreams pay off. See you on stage!
Learn more about mental
game coaching for this first-time stand-up comedian, and see
a video including an excerpt
from her first comedy performance.
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Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
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visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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