Three Things To Do Instead Of Panicking

When I do interviews here, one question I always ask is, “What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done while leading worship (that you’re willing to share)?”

I ask this for two reasons. First, because there’s almost always a good story in every worship leader embarrassment. Not always, but close. Second, our embarrassing stories keep us humble.

But it’s how you respond in the moment that sets you apart. Allen Paul has some advice on handling an onstage disaster:

The moment is usually brief, but it feels like it lasts forever.

It is the moment in a performance where something goes very, very wrong. Far from a missed note, or a mistaken melody, it usually involves a musical issue that is painfully obvious and regrettable. The musicians are lost, the leader or soloist is confused, and the audience can sense or even see that there is a problem.

At that moment, some musicians let fear and frustration overwhelm their musical ability. Instead of processing how to fix the issue, they panic.

What do you do when panic threatens to destroy your performance?

Read the whole thing here. Good stuff.

So, what’s your embarrassing story?

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