You may have noticed my special posts to Facebook this week — the #OlympicStageSeries.
Watching the Olympics this past week, I couldn’t help notice how many concepts these great athletes are using that we should be using, too! Olympians are on one of the biggest “stages” in the world, and paying attention to what they are doing can make a big difference when you step out on your own stage.
So head over to our Facebook page and read my short musings every day. I think they will be an encouragement to you.
Yesterday my #OlympicStageSeries post on Facebook was about Mental & Emotional Preparation. Today it’s about learning & using (in other words, making it an integral part of your show!) the fundamentals, tools and techniques of being onstage.
Knowing, Practicing, & Using the Proper Techniques:
The commentators covering the Olympics are former medal winners or coaches themselves. You should listen to them talk about technique — about how those athletes who have perfected their technique are getting the most out of their jump, their run, their race, and so on.
For example, when they use everything correctly – their feet, their poles, their skis, their skates, their legs – it contributes to better jumps, better times, and inevitably a medal. They aren’t just winging it!
I was watching the women’s slalom last week. The commentator was unbelievably sharp! She was pointing out each skier’s technical skill during their run. If they were doing it right they’d shave off a 1/2 a second, a quarter of a second,.. sometimes just a hundredth of a second. And it was all because they used one of their technical skills correctly.
As I watched the German skier, Maria Hoefl-Riesch, make her winning run, the commentator pointed out all the correct technical things she did that saved her probably a full second or more in time. It was the difference between the gold and silver medal.
That’s when I realized it. It’s the difference between the artist who understands my Live Music Method vs. those who don’t. We are those coaches who can “save you precious seconds off your time” – we can help you reach your dream to get the gold. But it takes hard work, investment of time and money, and someone to help “coach” you so you’ve got the fundamentals and techniques down.
And that brings me to today’s concept from the Olympics: Make sure YOU aren’t just winging it.