Jan 10, 2019
Petra is a Vocal Coach, Singing Teacher, Life & Career
Coach for Creatives in Glasgow, United Kingdom. she
has special expertise in helping (performing) artists and
creatives to overcome limiting beliefs and emotional blocks to
perform better and without fear.
She has helped hundreds of people to prepare for or sustain a
singing career, find personal fulfilment through music and overcome
limiting beliefs and performance anxiety.
Our conversation is broken into two parts, first dealing with
performance anxiety for the singer, and second, setting oneself up
for a growth mindset as a professional.
Petra began in this field by wanting to move the conversation
with her students from the pure level of empathy to actually
knowing the steps to enable the client or student to come up with
their own solutions.
Here’s the important points I’ve picked up so far.
Performance anxiety may be caused by
1.a trauma from the past
2.perfectionism, we don’t feel we are enough yet
3.Too much outward focus, not enough inward focus.
As a mindset coach, Petra works with people to “get a grip” on
their own minds, like
- self limiting beliefs
- not wanting to reveal a weakness
- comparing themselves too much of others
Becoming aware of where you are on the continuum of a fixed
mindset is a good start
Petra recommends the Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by
Carol Dweck - https://amzn.to/2ADUwnY
I’d like to talk to you briefly about my book the Teen Girl’s
Singing Guide because there is a big section in that book on
performance anxiety, written by Dr. Diana Allen, who was a guest of
one of the most popular episodes of this podcast, episode ES022. In
the book, Diana talks about many similar things to what Petra talks
Diana calls herself a peak performance coach. And Petra calls
herself a mindset coach. These two awesome women have in common
that they work with creative professionals and amateurs, and
specialize in singers. There are many mindset and peak performance
coaches who work with athletes, business people, and others, but to
have these two women available to us as musicians - that’s a great
thing. Both of these people base their careers on helping us
achieve our dreams. So we should take advantage of
Wherever you are in the world, you can reach out to Petra. The
best way to find her is through her website: www.singingsense.com
What you’ll find there is her 3 Step Breakthrough Program for
Creatives, her blog, and links to her totally useful social media
pages. Facebook: @singingtutor
Thank you to Ken Feisel of Ken Feisel design for the fabulous
podcast cover art.