I have been working on a signature program (keynote address) this last week.This is a program of songs combined with stories that add up to an inspirational message. My business coach told me a while ago that this would be a good idea.
I had a few friends over on the weekend to run through my material and they gave me some feedback. I am so grateful for the helpful feedback. The main thing I need to do is to be more specific and focus on the three main things that I want to say. This was helpful to hear and has helped free me up to find language that resonates more with what I actually want to say .My stories and songs are about vulnerability and trust which is what I do like to speak about. I was stuck on using the word transformation but I couldn’t quite make it work. Forcing ourselves to do things the way we think others are expecting does not often give us the results we want. I hadn’t even realized that I was doing this.
As I stood in front of my small audience on Sunday I felt so vulnerable, exposed in a way I had not expected. These women are loving and accepting and still part of me wanted to freeze. My brain felt threatened. The old fear rising- who did I think I was to be wasting these friends time, thinking I had something important to say etc etc… you know that old judge who is so close inside and who proves to us over and over again that he/she can not be trusted. I do have something to share that can be helpful to others. I have heard this from fans and friends- I have seen the tears on faces and received hugs after I have sung and shared my stories. The judge thinks he is protecting me, I get that, but he is annoying and he can keep us from moving forward or doing things that we are called to do.
I hope that you aren’t letting the judge keep you from moving forward or doing things that you are called to do. I know that it can be very challenging to do it anyway even when our thoughts are giving us different messages.
Yours in creativity and music,