Are you performing well enough to earn a standing ovation?
This is about you, not me. But I need to use myself as an example to make this point. When I’m in front of an audience, my goal is to connect on a personal level with everyone in the room. I want to offer them the gift of my expertise and I strive to do so in a way that it is well received. So I do my absolute best.
I prepare myself and develop content that is customized for each specific audience. I rehearse to the point where I am comfortable with the message. I get plenty of rest the night before. I visualize the successful outcome. I’m introduced and I roll out into the bright lights!
When I am done, the crowd reacts. The standing ovation never surprises me. I know whether I am connecting during the presentation. Are heads nodding? Are there interruptions for applause at the right moments? Are all eyes on me? There’s always that one guy in every crowd who seems to care only about sending me vibes that he doesn’t care. For a split second, he distracts me, but I block him out and proceed.
When I am finished, the crowd rises to their feet. They clap, whistle and yell, “Wooooh!” I nod my head, smile and wave. This extended moment is when I get my charge. The thrill continues when I am escorted to a table to sell and autograph my books and a line of enthusiastic new friends develops. And the first one in line is “that one guy” I thought wasn’t listening!
The energy I get from the standing ovation is a thrilling sensation. I’d like to experience that feeling every day. As much as I’d like to, I’m not speaking every day but I’ve figured out a way to use the concept to propel myself forward.
I look at my objectives for each day as a performance. If I’ve prepared myself, concentrated on doing my best and complete the goals for the day, I present that to my imaginary audience. And in my silence, I listen for the imaginary roar of the crowd.
You can go through your day and achieve just enough to get a round of applause. Or you can seize the day and earn the exciting thrill of a standing ovation for your performance. Prepare yourself for tomorrow. Plan your activities. Plan the words you will say in key conversations. Rehearse. Get a good night’s sleep. Visualize a triumphant day. Roll (or walk) out onto the stage of life and earn the roar of the crowd!