For Speakers, Entertainers, Trainers, and Those Who Long to Improve Their Stage Performance ~
In my trainings I speak about Philipe Petit, the French wire-walker acrobat, juggler, and artist, who bravely danced between NYC’s Twin Towers on August 7, 1974, just prior to their completion, a quarter mile above the ground, and was subsequently….arrested (I highly recommend both the documentary “Man on Wire”, as well as the Hollywood remake, “The Walk“).
That day not only did Philippe become a legend, but he brought life to these towers that critics had called ugly and unfortunate, whereas Philippe saw in them great beauty, majesty, and gave them a higher purpose via his world of art.
He was asked about the risk of taking that first step out onto the wire, to which he responded, “No, it is not the first step that is the risk, it is the second. Anyone can take the first step, but it’s when we remove our second, established foot from the security of it’s hold, that we are then risking it all on the wire.”
This analogy hits home for us as Speakers, Entertainers, and Artists like few can understand.
This blog and web site are it’s own version of The Wire. Receiving a comment here and there, now going on almost 2 years of never missing a week writing, it is it’s own beast and labor of love. Assuming someone is reading or benefitting regardless of what is in the comments, that is always a hit on the ego, but also gives us a higher purpose to not only go for comments, likes, and dopamine hits, but rather assuming I’m adding value to any who may read.
My career, as yours, can remain in that secure place, or we can dance on The Wire.
For anyone making a career of performing you can literally proclaim that you are on The Wire now. We celebrate your dance, your art!
And yet, even as you dance on The Wire, you have found moments in that space that actually feel like you are standing on solid ground. Perhaps on a daily basis as you take the stage you feel firm in your routines, words, bits, music, and flow. If so, congratulations on getting to such a place, most people never make it there.
The problem is that eventually either you or your audience, or both, will begin to tire of what is proven.
My challenge to you is to find a new Wire.
Even while you’re on solid footing and succeeding, what is keeping you from stepping into the newest dance, the most daring void?
In September I had some days where I was doing 2-a-days, which means I am exhausted now in October, even though my schedule thankfully isn’t letting up.
Each day, each event, I committed to trying new stories, songs, routines, bits, examples, customized pieces, wording, slides, order of flow, etc. New Openings, different closings, nothing sacred, all malleable and ready to be moved.
I’ll be honest, it was crazy. I wasn’t sure which slide was coming next while on stage! I would change it up on stage in front of everyone just to keep pushing myself.
In September I also tried out a few original songs on stage. My own creations. They’re not anything to write home about for an audience, as everyone likes the songs they know by artists they love, but since I wasn’t booed off stage I feel they were a success.
I have talked myself out of doing this for nearly 7 years.
Why am I such a wimp?
It comes down to that 2nd step. We MUST take it.
I now have the courage to record those songs. They’ve sat in my “To Do” folder for many years. So sad.
If you stand on the building, peering down at the void that could claim your life, your career, your hopes and dreams, that is a daunting reality. Yet if you have the confidence in your ability to claim The Wire, then I ask you this:
So many of us make the 1st step and say it’s enough.
Join me in taking the 2nd step. I’m on this journey too, you know. Let’s do this together.
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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