A key element of our eventual work is implemented at the preliminary stage, here entitled ‘setting the stage‘.
Once the basics are in place – specific to each task we are required to undertake – we will need to possibly arrange props, test electrical equipment and generally go about setting the stall as it were. To feel comfortable and confident with our surroundings, when we have the opportunity to do it, it is worth taking the time to complete this performance phase.
Setting the stage ourselves is a moment for us to renew our acquaintance with material as we prepare ourselves and the location for the raising of the proverbial curtain. Showtime invariably puts us in the spotlight and brings with it its own momentum.
Once our work is under way the effort we gave to setting the stall will hopefully be repaid with a seamless performance.
A small, but not necessarily insignificant, point concerning setting the stall is associated with the question of when to stop preparing. Appreciating perfection is rather tough to achieve, we are obliged through time restraints and other such factors to at some point ‘get started’.
Indeed, no amount of setting the stall will compensate for us not putting the preparation into practice sooner or later.
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Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).