Top 5 Ways to Perform at Your Best with Daniel Tolson

Top 5 Ways to Perform at Your Best with Daniel Tolson

“I believe something wonderful is going to happen to me today.”

My guest today, Daniel Tolson, is a former champion athlete, he has led a team of more than 17,000 cabin crew and has personally conducted more than 1000 studies into emotional intelligence.

I wanted to get Daniel on the show because there are many moments in the Performing Arts where confidence, performance and being rejection proof are paramount.

Daniel and I are going to give you TWO top 5’s for the price of one. I wanted to discuss with you the top 5 things we can do to emotionally prepare for public performance and the top 5 ways of becoming rejection proof. In other words, the Top 5 Ways to Perform at Your Best…


  • D is for Daniel or is it?
  • For every minute in planning you save 10 minutes in execution
  • Daily preparation is the key of the high performing individual
  • Knock and the door will open
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) aka the language we use to program our own mind.
  • Our thoughts predict 95% of our feelings/emotions
  • The importance of 1 degree
  • How Hugh Jackman displays behavioural flexibility
  • Do you believe something wonderful is going to happen to you today?
  • The unfair chemical advantage as sung by Anna in The King and I “Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head up high ….”
  • Be your own performance coach, using which 2 questions?
  • It’s ok to be nervous
  • Hearing NO 1000 times means you’re a step closer to a YES!
  • How often do you step out of your comfort zone?
  • Mamma Morton said it – Rec-i-proc-it-yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
  • Timing is everything
  • Can you handle hearing no?

Top 5 Pillars of Success

  1. Clear outcome
  2. Take action
  3. Sensory acuity
  4. Behavioural flexibility
  5. Psychology of success

Top 5 Ways to be Rejection Proof (pillars of emotional intelligence)

  1. Self-awareness
  2. Self-regulation
  3. Motivation
  4. Empathy
  5. Social regulation 


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Paul, thank you for having me as your guest!

    It was a pleasure to share these ideas with you.

    1. No problem Daniel, it was great to have you on the show. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with our community.

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