It is commonly thought that you must be an extrovert, a performer, to get up in front of a class and teach indoor cycling. It’s not necessarily true. A shy instructor can be a terrific motivator. If you are that shy instructor, it may be time to unlearn a few falsehoods about performing in public. Are you ready to change some behaviors that may be limiting your performance?
In an earlier article I compared teaching an indoor cycling class to acting in a stage play. Do you have to be a natural actor to succeed as an instructor? The answer is a definite no. Shy or introverted people can be wonderful, dynamic instructors.
How? I want you to stop doing four things. Two of them we will cover in this article: (1) stop trying to calm your anxiety, and (2) stop thinking of performing in public as a natural gift. We will discuss two more things to stop doing in a subsequent article.
In part 2 of this series, I will look at two more things to stop trying:
- Stop trying to be perfect.
- Stop trying to be someone else.
In the meantime, I ask you to practice thinking about your anxiety in a new way. It’s not anxiety. It’s energy.