Still glowing from the Boss’ performance at Fenway this past week, here are 5 things to help you give a good performance, even if you’re not Bruce:
- Work on your look. Get your black vest, boots, and jeans out of the closet. Stay in shape so you can wear your brand signature outfit across several decades. And all your clothes will be soaked in just minutes, but don’t sweat it! It works!
- Catch the audience’s attention. To totally win the love of the audience (that already loves you) Springsteen fetched a child from the crowd, carried him onto the stage and gave him a solo in front of 37,000 people! When you do something out-of-the-box your audience will reward you with surprise and awe.
- Let your team strut their stuff. Never be afraid to let someone great get the spotlight. Every group has amazing performers who can add another dimension and make your re-entry that much more terrific.
- Save the best for last. Bruce didn’t take one break during the entire concert, flowing from one song to the next. This left me elated and exhausted! When presenting your material, don’t take any breaks, and keep the energy going and building to a point that is way beyond any expectation.
- Throw your set list out of the window. Be passionate, be serious, be funny, and lose the script. If you believe in what you’re giving your followers, just read the audience and not your notes. You’ll be prepared for anything and they will stay with you for the whole performance.
These notes work on a stage and in a conference room (except, maybe, the child thing). Go listen to The Boss.