I’ve been taking a class called ” Inside the Studio.” It’s a class designed to teach us how to make our team conference calls more professional. Today was our audition program. It’s something like a commencement, where we produce and present a live “show.”
The topic I picked to present was .”First things first, What to say.” I chose that topic because it is one of the thing I don’t do very well. I figured that by picking it I would be forced to research it and practice it in order to make my presentation more credible.
I set about investigating skill builders, and ice breakers, and closing sentences and, and, and. Eventually I was researched out and had to set about doing the work. So I picked up the phone.
For my first call I tried the “Two minute story” and it worked! The person on the other end of the phone did not curse me out, she did not come through the phone and devour my head; she answered exactly as the script said she would! I thought to myself, “Huh, that wasn’t too bad. Let me do this again.” Second call, same result. Ok, so maybe there is something to this word thing after all.
Next I tried the “Would it be ok?” approach . Worked like a charm. The science behind it is sound. Those of us with children know this is magic for them and our kryptonite. To put the words into action was enlightening. Oh, I’m a big, would it be ok, fan now. I use it for everything. Would it be ok if I asked you to keep reading?
With my research done, the next thing I needed was my script. First I winged it while recording myself to see what my tempo was. Then I wrote out the script, based on my recording, taking out the umm, ahhs and so’s. Then I played with it some more until I liked the content. Finally, I recruited my husband to act as an audience for me. He critiqued my delivery and content; we felt we had a good product.
Needless to say, I barely slept the night before the audition rising early, to make it to work an hour earlier, to make sure I was somewhere quiet at the start of the call. We dialed into the pre-call to get our tips and marching orders; then we were Live.
Four of us auditioned. We called our show “Getting Your New Independent Associate Off to a Fast Start” Julie did a fantastic job with her energetic opening, then she introduced Melena. Melena came in with the topic of Dreams and Goals, then she introduced me. Whelp. I inhaled and did my First Things First segment then I introduced AJ. AJ who covered Four Tips for Prospecting then he threw it back to Julie who closed the show with a strong motivating call to action.
I have to say, it was a Great show!
It was nerve wracking and challenging but all in a good way. It made me face several fears and forced me to overcome them because I was working on a deadline. I didn’t have the option to procrastinate; the only choice was to get it done.
This experience was something I otherwise would have missed. This time, I took that leap of faith and the results were wonderful. I learned that many times I hold myself back. I think the more I push through my self imposed boundaries, I’m chipping away more of the cement. I’m seeing little flecks of gold.
It is this personal devil which makes men fear the past, the present and the
future; fear themselves, their friends and their enemies; fear everything and everybody. When fear is effectually and completely destroyed, your light will shine,
the clouds will disperse and you will have found the source of power, energy and
life. Charles F. Haanel