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Olympic Stage, Your Stage – Part 2

Tom Jackson working with singerYou 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.

If you have a Backstage Pass, you can dive into Tom’s teaching in this area a little more with his blogs on “Please Don’t Wing It, Part 1 & 2” and the 5-part video series showing Tom & his team working with a band, “Borrowed Blue Music Makeover” – Backstage Pass required…

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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Greenroom Comments

  1. I never believed in people that always just wing it!

  2. Excellent observations!!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. AMEN Tom!!!!!!!! BIGTIME!!!! I LOVE what you said to me a long time ago: Saying that you are going to let the Holy Spirit lead you should not be an excuse to not practice, to not write notes in your music and not prepare a proper beginning and end to your song! You can still plan AND let the HOly spirit (or as we say in Hebrew, the Ruach Ha Kodesh) lead!

  4. Tom, as always, great info. Thanks!

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