Week 8 – Section 1 – Performance Prep Routine – Learner Reflection & Practice

Learner Reflection & Practice

Performance takes on many forms. Public presentation or simply being in front of an audience can shift what would otherwise be a no risk communication into high risk communication. Formal performance may demand more preparation not only in content development but in the execution of your communicative toolset. It is important to warm up that toolset and to practice a prep routine.

What activities have you done in the past that require warm ups or some kind of preparation?

A prep routine can be as subtle as prepping ingredients for cooking a meal, or laying out clothes and materials the night before work, or checking the fluids or air in the tires of your vehicle before a road trip. There are accepted prep routines for many types of performances. Athletes warm up their body, study the opposing team, and get into a competitive headspace. Musicians warm up their instruments, dress for performance, and focus on musical accuracy as they prepare for a concert performance.

Before you present or speak at an important event, set aside 20-30 minutes for warming up your breath, voice, and body support.

Suggested Warm-Ups

Connect with your diaphragmatic breath support by repeating the 3-step process a few times

Warm up your voice by doing Vocal Placement, Resonance, and Articulation exercises – 10 to 15 minutes will help support your speaking voice

Warm up your body with basic whole-body stretches of your choice and warm up gesture in extension or with the                  Star Hands exercise

Besides prepping your selected toolset and your content, you can also prepare your introduction ahead of time

The first two to three introductory lines can be the most difficult in a presentation and sometimes can set the tone for the presenter and audience – develop and write out the introduction

Practice your introduction out loud with the Think, Breathe, Speak process and remember to select Directive Thoughts that match your intentions

It is important to always practice with a Ready Position and with an Actionable Intention from which to draw a Directive Thought, even in the introduction

Practice the introduction by itself three to four times without your written text. The goal is for the introduction to become a secure and natural communication that jump-starts a successful presentation


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