Confidence is the key to performing well. These are few of the methods I have used over the years to help me perform in front of a full Phoenix crowd.

Step 1 Throw Nerves to the Ground: The best way to do this is to rehearse and rehearse and then rehearse some more. I use to be the Sacrificial Poet at BAD!SLAM!NO!BISUCIT! and every month I would spend at least a couple of days rehearsing my poem. On the actual day, I would rehearse my poem at least ten times out loud. This helped get rid of some of the nerves.


Step2 Rehearse Out LOUD: Rehearsing out loud is the best way to hear what you sound like. It also gives you a chance to let you know where you might want to break up your poem.

Step3 Record: I have found listening back to myself really effective for deciding what words or phrases I want to emphasis. I think it’s also a good tool to help memories your poem.


Step4 Audience: Reading in front of friends or family members is a really good way to simulate an audience. Perform in front of anyone who will listen. It’s an excellent way to build your confidence for performing in front of people.


Step5 Have fun: It’s important to not take yourself too seriously. Putting on a great performance is awesome, but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t. Going out and giving it your best and having fun really takes the pressure off and it’ll show in your performance.


I hope this helps.


Photo by: Adam Thomas