Whether you are a performer, a speaker, an artist, or an entrepreneur, you need the edge. The edge may be a unique voice, a special message. Unusual approach, or a product or service that is meeting a need that is not currently being met.
What they all share is a need to have a butterfly in the pit of their stomach when they do their thing. Some call it nervousness, others fear, yet others call it excitement and passion!
Whatever you call it, you need it. It keeps you on your toes and alert to your audience. Science says this is part of our psychological ‘fight or flight’ stress response. Some researchers refer to the stomach as the ‘second brain’.
I have witnessed presenters who were too confident when approaching the audience. They lost their focus and consequently got lost in their presentation. The same happens with actors – overconfidence can result in forgotten lines and nuances in the delivery of their part.
Seasoned actors and performers will tell you that they still get that feeling in the gut just before they get start, and that they need it to centre themselves in what they are doing. You might call it a passion response.
Check with yourself before you do whatever it is you do. If it is just routine to you, if it doesn’t put a tickle in the gut and inspire you, making you want to do it better, maybe you have lost your edge.
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