Sarah Fejfar 00:00
I don't expect you to have it all figured out ahead of time. It's not lost on me that you're busy and you have a million other things going before the event. So let's just use that rehearsal time for what it's there for, which is just figuring it all out. How are entrepreneurs like us daring bravely to build a stage? Ditch the sweat pants? And step up to the mic?
Sarah Fejfar 00:21
How do we create our own transformative events? So we can get our message out into the world in a bigger way? It's not only profitable, but it's actually something we can be proud of.
Sarah Fejfar 00:33
That's the question. And the answers are inside this podcast. My name is Sarah Fejfar. Welcome to greenroom Central.
Sarah Fejfar 00:41
Have you ever thought rehearsals are expensive, so we're not doing them? Well, then this is for you. Because rehearsals, they reduce stress. They are a massive sign of respect to your team, and to your presenters. And they allow you to focus on what matters in the moment, which is showing up and serving your guests. So I'm going to give you three reasons why you need to start considering investing in rehearsals. So let's get into it.
Sarah Fejfar 01:19
First, why are they even so expensive? Well, the first is, in order to do a rehearsal, in the space with the equipment and the team that you're going to be using for the event, you're paying for the space, you're paying for the team, you're paying for the equipment, you're also talking about your the cost of your own team, and time, like your own personal time. So I get it, they're expensive. It's a huge investment. And I think you should still do them. It's a sign of respect. And I say that because when you're presenters, your guests, your team, your vendors are all doing it on the fly.
Sarah Fejfar 02:09
For the first time in the pressure cooker, that is an event an event naturally creates this environment where it is a little bit stressful, because there's time pressure. Well, it's a sign of respect to your presenters to give them the how to, to give them the 411 of how things are going to roll to allow them to practice what it's going to be like to walk on the stage to get their mic adjusted and check the levels to learn where should I walk out? And where should I walk back? backstage after I'm done? And is Who Am I?
Sarah Fejfar 02:54
Who's handing it the mic to me and who's like proverbially, who is who am I handing the mic back to like, are we going to am I going to stay on stage and wait for a fist bump and a hug? Or in some, some banter? Or should I just be walking off? If it's virtual? Should I be giving my presentation and then and then hitting the road or we're going to stay for a banter session. There's so many what ifs? And yes, I know you're good. I know you're real good. And I know this isn't your first rodeo being live on stage. And it's still important.
Sarah Fejfar 03:34
It's a sign of respect to your presenters to give them that time so that they know what's going on. And it's a sign of respect to your guests. Because when you do rehearsals in advance, everything is a little bit tighter. And so we're not wasting their time. I love that. And then also, it's a sign of respect to your team and your vendors. Here's why your team and your vendors who have you've hired to support you with this event. They want to do an amazing job for you. They really do.
Sarah Fejfar 04:14
They are as heart centered and service oriented as you are, you would like attracts like and they want to do a phenomenal job. And they need more information from you in order to do that phenomenal job for you. Yes, they can make magic happen and jump through hoops in the moment but it's super stressful. And why don't we save that adrenaline rush and use of cortisol for what its apps absolutely needed. I had an event once where the power went out when we do all the rehearsals. Obviously not the power is not going out at that moment. But we're able to iron Now all of the other things, so that we're in a state of calm and peace and grace, under pressure, when the real situations that require us to level up and be crystal clear and grace under pressure arise, like, power going out.
Sarah Fejfar 05:19
So let's not, let's not use up unnecessary stress energy on stuff that could have been ironed out in rehearsal. So that's respect, number one. Number two, I think, I think you've gathered this already, you're a smart cookie, just like I am. It's less stressful. When we use the time during rehearsals to iron it out, to talk through how that's gonna go. It's less stressful during the event. It just keeps things like, Cool as a cucumber calm, I would rather us you've heard me say this before, feel this sense of like spaciousness and abundance with the amount of time that we have during an event and not feel rushed, and stressed, and under the gun.
Sarah Fejfar 06:19
It's not a place that anybody wants to work from. And I'm not sure when it ever became okay, and cool to be that way during events. But it doesn't have to be that way. I'm just here to say that I've seen a lot of different event leaders produce events, and I've seen it from behind the stage and on the headset. And I know that there's a difference. I know that there are some CEOs who are just better at they've gotten better at leaders being leaders. And so they know what level of coaching and instruction is necessary at a time and that for an event, it happens during rehearsal, okay, I don't expect you to have it all figured out ahead of time.
Sarah Fejfar 07:07
It's not lost on me that you're busy. And you have a million other things going before the event. So let's just use that rehearsal time for what it's there for, which is just figuring it all out. Yeah, figuring it all out. So three, when you allow rehearsals to happen, it frees you up to focus on what matters, which is delivering content, which is staying in service, which is staying present to the needs of your guests and how the room feels. I wonder, can we be as intuitive to feel the energy of the room and where we need to take our messaging and the content? If we're in a high stress state? I think the answer's no.
Sarah Fejfar 08:04
So those are my three. It's a sign of respect. It is less stressful. And it allows you to be freed up to focus on what matters that frees up the team and other talent to focus on what matters. And bonus, when you allow for rehearsals to happen at the length in which would be ideal, like our multi day event, probably a full day. I know that sounds just horribly luxurious, but it it's necessary. You'd be surprised how you can use that time.
Sarah Fejfar 08:55
When given enough time rehearsals are fun. You know, you've just let your hair down, be casual. Try things on for size. It's fabulous. I love rehearsals. I hope this episode has shed just a little bit lights on the topic of rehearsals and why you should invest in them. And has you just a little bit curious on what it would be like if you added them to your next event and just decided that's, that's in the run rates for the expenses for the event. It's where we want to invest our time and money and attention so that we can deliver with even more excellence for our guests. And I hope you're excited about it.
Sarah Fejfar 09:51
Because I am making an outstanding rest of the day. Take care. Thanks for hanging out with me. Thank you for listening to the greenroom. Essential podcast. If you love this episode, then please take a screenshot on your phone and post it to Instagram and be sure to tag at Sarah Fejfar. And let me know why you liked it and what you'd like to hear or who you'd like to hear from in the future that'll help me know what to create for you.
Sarah Fejfar 10:16
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Sarah Fejfar 11:05
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