- Preparing for the next time...
Performances do not typically take place
in isolation. If you prepared well and delivered
a performance that your audience benefited
from, it is likely that you will be asked
to perform again and again.
Where this is the case, you can learn from
each performance to improve your next one
by conducting post-performance reviews.
You can do a lot of this on your own; however,
you are likely to get more acute insights
into future improvements if you review your
performance with a coach, with the buyer
of your services, or with a respected member
of your audience. Not only will external
feedback have an objectivity that can be
difficult to achieve on one’s own,
you will also get both the perspective of
the audience and the benefit of the other
person’s wisdom and experience.
The precise format for the review will
depend on the type of performance; however,
at minimum, it should cover:
- The preparation for the event;
- The handling of any problems which
occurred before and during the event;
- Any negative thoughts or distractions
that occurred at any stage and the effectiveness
of your handling of these; and
- Anything that you noticed could be
done to improve your performance and increase
the value you deliver to your audience,
including acquisition of additional equipment,
improvement of skills, improvement of
preparation, and so on.
Feed the learning points from this performance
back into your Performance Plan for the
next performance, and take action on any
skills improvement points as soon as possible.
The final stage is to review the things
that went well, and to congratulate yourself
for these things. This is important for
building your self-confidence.
article helps you manage your thinking
to avoid stress...