Have you practiced your communication bow? When people give you praise or a compliment, are you able to gracefully receive it or do you shrug it off?
Rehearsal is a very important part of performance in the musical world. Hours are spent learning the music and then practicing with our accompanist or conductor. Knowing all the facets of our music is so important that many a nightmare is created from the subconscious mind asking if we really do, in fact, know it. When the singer takes the stage, they have practiced the music, the body movement, and the bow. Yes, the bow. It is the symbolic acceptance of praise from a grateful audience.
If you dismiss the audience’s praise, you are dismissing their opinion.
Take this month to resist the impulse to say: “Oh, that was nothing.” or “Oh this thing, I just bought it at…” Instead, practice saying a simple, “Thank you,” or “I appreciate you noticing.”
Watch and you will notice your audience being wowed with your bow!
Written By Robin A. Miller, Ph. D.