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8 Reasons People Who Love Performing On Stage Are More Likely To Be Successful

8 Reasons People Who Love Performing On Stage Are More Likely To Be Successful

Performing on stage is a great way to prepare yourself for success in the working world. In this article, you will discover how the art and science of performing on stage equips you with valuable skills. Whether or not your stage career is over, rest assured that those skills will carry over to the office.

1. They Know When To Improvise

Success on the stage requires the ability to respond to unexpected developments. A musician may need to perform a solo if the star performer fails to show up. The ability to take in a situation and respond quickly is valuable. As the old saying goes, “The show must go on.” Bringing that attitude to the business world means that you will be highly adaptable and able to overcome problems. Stage performers know how to expand their job when the situation calls for it.

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2. They Know The Importance Of Deadlines

When you perform on stage as an actor, musician or someone else, you quickly learn the importance of deadlines. If someone is late to the production, the entire crew suffers and the audience will be upset. Showing up on time for each and every performance is a skill that carries over directly to the working world. In the professional world, showing up for meetings and meeting deadlines day after day are important skills.

3. They Know How To Present

On stage, you are in full view of the audience and your fellow performers. The confidence to stand in front of people and deliver value is important. Once you build up your foundation of confidence, you can work to develop the other habits of highly effective communicators. Remember – as a performer, you know that presentation and communication is about THE AUDIENCE, not you!

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4. They Make The Most Of What They Have

As a performer, you sometimes have to make do with limited support and equipment. For example, you may have lost your favorite instrument at home when you go on the road for a performance. A committed performer finds an alternative solution so that they can deliver a great performance. In the corporate world, this same attitude is highly valuable. You may not receive all the training and the latest technology at your office. Nevertheless, successful people find a way to achieve results.

5. They Know How To Wear Multiple Hats

Delivering a successful stage performance requires contributions from many different people. While you may specialize as an actor, you understand that the show may ask you to make different contributions from time to time. You may have to make emergency costume repairs, go shopping for supplies at the last minute or help with stage management. The ability to be flexible and take on multiple responsibilities makes a big difference. Successful people rarely say “that’s not in my job description.”

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6. They Know How To Work Long Hours To Achieve A Goal

As you work on a show, long hours are often needed. In fact, you may be working almost around the clock as opening night approaches. The mindset to keep working in order to reach a result is valuable when you perform. It also makes a major difference in the professional world. You may be working to land a sale or ship a new product. The ability to put in long hours to achieve a goal is a vital success trait.

7. They Know How To Celebrate A Success (Cast Parties!)

Many actors and performers throw a party when they successfully complete opening night. It’s a long tradition in the performing world. Organizing a party where you recognize others is an important skill. Recognizing others and being grateful for their contributions are important to professional success according to the Harvard Business Review.

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8. They Know How To Read Other People

As a performer, you are part of a team that creates a show. This principle holds true even if you are a solo performer – you have to observe and notice how the audience reacts. Truly outstanding performers observe others and the audience and adjust as they perform. These observation skills make a difference outside the performing world. With keen observation, you can pick and choose when to raise questions, when to ask for the sale and when to offer help.

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Bruce Harpham

Bruce Harpham is a Project Management Professional and Founder and CEO of Project Management Hacks.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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