Performing Spontaneously: Relaxed Readiness

Performing Spontaneously: Relaxed Readiness

by Tracy Johnson

Here’s a term that could unlock the next level of your performance: Relaxed readiness.

Air personalities struggle finding the balance between being highly prepared to perform and “winging it”. I’ve actually had personalities tell me that they can just come in and talk about their life, confident that they would be able to find something entertaining. On air personality actually told me:

I just bring my experiences to the air. It’s good enough. My show is totally spontaneous. I plan nothing. That’s how I get such a natural response.

Okay. Fine. How is that working out for you (hint: Not very well).

On the other hand, some personalities don’t feel confident unless they’ve outlined every detail. Some go so far as to script it in advance. It sounds like it’s rehearsed. It’s predictable and lacks excitement.

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Being ready and being prepared are not exclusive terms. Relaxed readiness.

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