Want to Partner up and do Some Ice Dancing? by Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S.

Takeaways on how to Speak For Yourself without having to do intricate lifts on a pair of ice skates –

The recent golden Olympic performance by ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White made it look easy. You might even think, “I can do that.”

Kind of reminds me of a beautiful flock of ducks gliding in a lake. Looks effortless above the water, while feet are peddling like crazy underneath.

Illusion vs. Reality

Davis and White practiced for seventeen years to create an illusion at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Sally Jenkins, columnist for The Washington Post writes, “Their fleet, whirling performance of “Scheherazade” was just a masquerade for two athletes straining to do something unimaginably hard: win in a sport historically dominated by Russians and Canadians, on Russian home ice.”

The illusion: Easy, smiles, woman enchanted by Persian king, regal love.

The reality: High stakes pressure, grueling hard work, torturous discipline, extreme nervousness.

Many of our Speak For Yourself® clients, including CEOs, knock on our door to overcome nervousness. The takeaways from this Olympic performance on how to speak for yourself with power and presence:

• Easy performance results from lots of practice
• Lots of practice creates muscle memory
• Muscle memory adds to your confidence
• Confidence reduces nervousness and enhances your gravitas
• Gravitas produces results

What if Davis and White had applied The 180 Rule to achieve gold? They would’ve asked, “What would we do if we didn’t want to compete in the Olympics?” … and then they would’ve avoided those things! They proceeded to work hard, vision excellence, remain disciplined, and create an illusion based on pragmatic reality.

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Author: Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S.
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