In Australia, land of the long weekend, we take a 4 day break over Easter which most people turn into a week, because, well, it’s just an awesome time of year. The weather is on the turn, the humidity is diminishing and we just feel damn good Down Under.
Also, there’s BluesFest to attend. Now in its 28th year, Byron Bay BluesFest attracts artists from all over the world as well as the best of Aussie talent.
This year was no exception and as well as enjoying the music, I couldn't help but check out what makes these people such exceptional performers.
Because for those of us who have to speak as part of our jobs (hello everyone) we can learn so much from anyone who takes to the stage.
There were so many but here’s 4 lessons I took away.
Beth is raw in her emotions. She gives all of herself and brave enough to be vulnerable on stage. This is a huge step out of comfort zone, but there's nothing like it for gaining trust and therefore connecting, something as leaders and speakers we all aspire to do.
OMG. Eric plays guitar left handed and upside down and must be seen to be believed. He does something very few people do. When you're invited to speak, talk about something no one else does or have a unique perspective on something. Stand out and be different but not in a Donald Trump kind of different, just a you kind.
Billy has a large and dedicated following, through years of singing about social and political issues. What strikes you about Billy is the sense of confident authority he brings to the stage.
And if you want to be listened to, you must have authority, both in your knowledge and in your bearing.
This means don’t take on speeches when someone else gives you the topic. It's a recipe for disaster. Stick to what you know, be confident in your subject matter and you'll be seen as an authority.
Front man of Vintage Trouble this guy is a born showman and it was no surprise to me that he was in the final 5 of Rockstar INXS. Ty does audience engagement like no other. He takes clapping hands and singing along to another level, turning up in the middle of the crowd and crowd surfing back to the stage.
Too much? Find a way to interact with your audience that others in your industry aren’t doing. For some of you that will be as simple as getting out from behind the lectern. Be creative. Get your audience involved and they will remember your message.
The one thing that all these performers had in common was this: they were all experts. Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers suggests we need 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. That means get out there and speak, as often as you can. Show your authority, allow yourself to be vulnerable and do things differently. Shine in the spotlight.
Lynne Schinella is a conference speaker, speaker coach, and author of Bite Me! and other do's and don'ts of dealing with our differences.
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