I woke up at 4.30 a.m. with my heart pounding, completely disoriented and with no idea why I felt such panic.
Then I remembered, it was the big day. The day I had been planning for for over 9 months, it was the big event.
I tried to fall back asleep but realized it was useless. I started visualizing my day and felt the pain in my stomach intensify.
It was excruciating. I was sick with fear. And yet excited and happy and ready to take to the stage.
I had prepared more for this than anything I’d ever done before. I had spent weeks walking the story, telling it to anyone who would listen.
I had been coached, received a ton of feedback, written and rewritten, recited and practiced.
If not now, I would never be ready.
And yet I was sick with nerves.
Now, let me tell you, this was not unexpected. I mean, it’s not like it had never happened before. I had spent years as a sufferer of stage fright where it had gotten the better of me and I never performed. And years since, that I had handled it quite well and managed to even enjoy the stage.
And this was a tough one – it was hitting me hard.
So I started my routine.
And as I felt me pulse ease and my excitement and nerves channeled to where I needed them – I began to cherish my process, seeing how beautifully it worked.
So here are the 5 secrets to feeling the fear and knocking it out of the court!
- Get Moving! – stretch, walk, dance, jump – do whatever gets your circulation going and makes you feel good. Be careful not to exhaust yourself but make sure you whole body feels the movement.
- Get Thinking! – review your notes, practice a few last times, remind yourself that you know this stuff really well, and for sure, a lot more than your audience knows.
- Get Looking Good! – take a shower, put on your nicest and most comfortable clothes, arrange your hair and face, smile!
- Get Food! – don’t forget to eat something small, light and preferably really fresh (fruit, salad, protein – keep away from carbs. & fats)
- Get Help! – call the person that loves all you do and all you are – tell them you need a boost, tell them you’re nervous, ask for reassurance!
So, I called my love. He said, ‘Lis, you’ve gotta get over this’ – I thought at first that wasn’t so supportive. And then he said, ‘because I know there is so much more of this scale of work coming your way, and no one deserves it more than you’.
Last but not least. I got on the stage before the audience arrived, to check it out, to get into the atmosphere, to practice. Something was missing. I didn’t feel as connected as I wanted to feel.
As they announced my name and invited me on to the stage, I took off my shoes. Barefoot, deeply connected and channeling all the nerves and fear into being of service and with great respect and love for my audience, I started the story.
It was one of the best performances of my life!
Lisa Bloom, founder of Story Coach, trains coaches to use storytelling as a powerful approach to impact their clients and grow their business. She works with entrepreneurs and business owners that are overwhelmed and stressed to help them find confidence, attract ideal clients and make more money by finding their success story. And she works with organizations developing Transformational Story Leaders and creative yet resilient cultures. She is a professional Storyteller & Speaker, accredited Coach, Author, Mentor and Leadership expert.
Lisa is the author of the Amazon best-seller “Cinderella and the Coach-the Power of Storytelling for Coaching Success!” and the creator of the Certified Story Coach Program. She is delighted to offer you the FREE ebook “Using Stories to Get Great Clients” a http://www.story-coach.com