PRESENTING AND PERFORMING
Public Speaking or Performing Arts opportunities are a tremendous privilege whatever form they take. Whether it's a formal performance, giving a speech, teaching a class, or simply speaking during a meeting at work. These are opportunities to share the essence of who you are with a group of people. It's something to be honored and enjoyed. Wait...speaking at a work meeting is a...performance? Absolutely. Anytime you share ideas with other people in a group you are performing, because you are creating an experience in "real" time that is shared by others.
As a speaker or performer, your message is transmitted not only through the content, but also through the tone of your voice, your body language, your timing, and many other ways. If you're a musician, your message is transmitted not only through the notes you play, but also through tonal fluctuations, timing, body movements, facial expression, etc.
And there's something about all this that many people have a hard time accepting at first. It's that the most powerful messages you send may have nothing to do with the actual content you are delivering. Especially if your non-verbal signals are in conflict with that content. People pick up on this difference subconsciously and it can have a dramatic effect. Really internalizing this and working with it can open up a new world of possibilities.
Examples of conflicting conscious and unconscious messages:
-You might be talking up enthusiasm for a sales goal suggesting the team should feel confident about reaching it, while at the same time you're feeling insecure about the way others are perceiving you and your body language and voice tonality reflect this.
-You may be playing what should be a relaxed, lush lyrical passage on your violin but your timing is rushed and your tone is uncharacteristically shaky, thin, and tight, reflecting nervousness.
-You love the project you're working on, but every time you have the opportunity to make a presentation about it to potential investors you freeze up and act in a very unnatural way, undermining the trust of your audience..
You get the idea.
Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Skill Building can be a game changer when it comes to this stuff. By aligning your unconscious and conscious messages, your performance will be more powerful, and you will feel much more relaxed and confident in these situations.