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This is the introduction to this module about what happens when you press record or go out on stage.
Action Steps: Watch the videos below.
Preparing for Facilitation
Everything you put out into the world carries an energetic frequency. See your messages, videos and posts as oracles. In this video I talk about the collective energy of a group, the toroidal field, preparation, energetic cleansing and grounding.
Action Steps: How do you ground yourself before you share or show up for others? What calms your nervous system calm, so that you can create a safe container for the group? Write down some ideas.
Pre Event Ritual
How do you prepare before going live? Getting into your body will help get you out of your head. When you speak in front of a group it is like your own energy and presence coming back at you. Sometimes speaking to one person at a time in the audience is easier than speaking to a crowd.
Action Steps: Create a pre-event ritual that will allow you to feel safe and grounded.
This video gives you some unorthodox tips on combatting nerves before going live. Having a bit of adrenalin due to nervousness helps us be at heightened awareness and transmits urgency and immediacy. However it is important to bring this energy into your body, otherwise your head can feel like it's going to explode.
Action Steps: Try out the tips mentioned in the video. What kind of tail would you have? Does the breathing help? How about the diamond in your womb, the golden breath or the tassels on your nipples?
The Power of Pause
Pacing yourself is a good way to keep a clear head. Using pauses can be an effective way to accentuate and underline what you have just said or are about to say. Don't be afraid of silence or pausing between words and sentences. A pause might feel like forever but when you watch or listen it doesn't come across that way. Skilled speakers use pauses deliberately.
Action Steps: Record yourself speaking very fast, without pausing. Then record yourself again using pauses. Are you able to remember better what you wanted to say when you pause more?
Many of us use filler words or phrases such as, 'you know', 'mmm', 'it's like'. This is another reason why slowing down and pausing are important. You can look to one side if you need to. Try to maintain eye contact. If on stage you might want to walk, instead of standing still.
Action Steps: Get a friend to interview you and notice how many filler words or phrases you use. Which ones? Can you bring awareness to this and aim to break the habit of using them?
In this video I share a cheat sheet trick I learnt in my TV days. Batch your thoughts and write down important words or linking words. Think of your points like Lilly-pads where you hop from one to another.
Action Steps: Prepare your own cheat sheet for a complex talk or video. Push yourself to find a theme that forces you to mention many different points. Remember to smile!
After being interviewed and interviewing others for decades you could say that I know what I am doing. Watch my six top tips so that you are prepared and ready to rock that interview.
Action Steps: Practice with a friend, taking turns interviewing each other. Prepare some soundbites, use some quotes or metaphors. You can make a point by telling a short and precise story. But never tell a story without a point.