Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Spotlight Planner work? Will it help me to give an excellent presentation?
Top influencers have to be a lot of things, but one unexpected role for those new to performing is master of details. What hidden details & problems do top influencers, speakers, presenters & performers have to crush before they get in front of an audience and present? That's what you will find out in the Spotlight Planner!
The Spotlight Planner is the presentation bible that you never knew existed. It's the backup brain you can depend on to keep you calm, organized and prepared, from the moment someone approaches you for a booking until you've left your audience excited, some might even say 'buzzing', about your performance. The goal of the Spotlight Planner is to help ensure that every tiny detail of your performance falls into place smoothly, and that there's a fix for any glitch, so that all you have to think about is delivering your performance and enjoying the acclaim & awe afterwards.
The Spotlight Planner will become the first thing you pick up when you book an appearance or agree to showing up, and the last thing you check in the run-up to your event! You can make the Spotlight Planner your go-to guide for preempting problems, protecting yourself from oversights during your moment in the spotlight, and walking into any situation with complete peace of mind!
Who is the Spotlight Planner designed for?
The Spotlight Planner contains two parts; the first contains universal guidelines for personal preparation that you can apply to every type of presentation you might give. These guidelines will help you think about all of the basics; like your wardrobe, practice time and other pre-event fundamentals that you'll want to have purring smoothly in the background.
Following that, you'll find guides and specially tailored worksheets for planning several different types of performances, specifically:
- Speeches & Keynotes
- Meeting Presentations (e.g., live pitches or corporate presentations)
- Radio Shows
Why should I listen to you? How do you know how to deliver extraordinary presentations?
The company behind the Spotlight Planner, PerformZen, we help performers from all walks of life (from sales people in enterprise sales nervous about their next call to TV stars seeking alternatives to prescription drugs for their performance anxiety) to overcome their fears and anxieties so that they can get on stage or in front of the camera and knock their performance out of the park. We do this day in, day out.
In the process we have spoken to thousands of customers who share their worst-case scenario fears about an upcoming performance and want solutions. They ask "what am I missing?", "what one thing trips up most performers when they get on stage that they could have solved for beforehand?" and, the most common question: "HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THIS PERFORMANCE?"
Jane Nguyen, founder of PerformZen & co-author of the Spotlight Planner, works with these people to help them create customized structured plans to make sure they cover every detail of preparation necessary to make their final performance, presentation or show be as stress-free as possible.
Jane excels at this because this is exactly what she did as an orchestra violinist during her long career: planning every detail she could before every performance in order to help with her debilitating performance anxiety issues that were threatening to end her career.
By planning out and covering every detail of her performance before getting on stage, from working with stage engineers to determine lighting positions & angles where she would be seated, to testing different clothing materials so that she was comfortable and stage appropriate; Jane broke down every detail of her performances into checklists, prep sheets and "don't forget about this key detail…"" indicators.
The result? Her mind was quiet whenever she stepped on the stage. Everything was taken care of. Now all that was left to do was the easy part. The part she actually loved and cherished: performing.
Fast forward several years, and we have compiled all of this collected knowledge about the art of presenting, and compiled it into the best preparation tool available to a performer attempting to get ready to get in the spotlight for a speech/keynote, podcast, in-person meeting, webinar, radio show or livestream appearance: The Spotlight Planner.
How will the Spotlight Planner be delivered? Is it a digital product?
The Spotlight Planner is a (very) in-depth set of documents & files containing a lot of pages, detailed illustrations and activity sheets. In order to keep the cost reasonable, and allow you to re-use the worksheets for every different presentation you give, we're offering it as an instant digital download delivered as soon as you order instead of a physical copy that can take up to several weeks to deliver, depending on your location.
A physical copy of the Spotlight Planner is being worked on, and all digital customers will receive a hefty discount, essentially just covering costs).
Can I see the Spotlight Planner's 'Table of Contents'?
Absolutely, we have uploaded a screenshot of the Spotlight Planners in image form here.
How does the 'Performance of a Lifetime' Guarantee work?
The Spotlight Planner was created to get you up on stage (physical or virtual) feeling confident & focused with all the details of your performance covered. We're confident that the Spotlight Planner will do the same for all of our customers. So confident that we offer a 100% 'Performance of a Lifetime' Guarantee.
How this works is that if you follow all of the preparation steps in the planner for your presentation type (speech/keynote, podcast, in-person meeting, webinar, radio feature or livestream) and read through the guided walkthroughs: if you don't give the best performance of your life, we will give you a full refund. You can read more about our Performance of a Lifetime Guarantee in the help center.