May 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Lara Deutsch: How I learned to Think & Train Like an Olympian

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Lara Deutsch © Brent Calis

We all have to perform in some way, whether it’s during a job interview, speaking in front peers and colleagues, or even expressing honest opinions in difficult conversations. In this workshop, Lara will share what she has learned from her work with world-renowned Olympic performance psychologist, Jean-François Ménard (, skills which have had a significant impact not only in her career as a musician, but also in her life and pedagogy. Lara will discuss how language, mindset, daily habits, and smart preparation can give people of all walks of life the ability to overcome performance anxiety and to be resilient in the face of obstacles.


The subconscious impact of language on our self-talk

  • Negation vs. positive reframing
  • Understanding the relationship between language and emotions

Optimizing preparation

  • Practicing the way you want to perform
  • Goal setting and tracking
  • Perfection vs. excellence mindsets

Pre-performance routines

  • Mindful breathing
  • Techniques for creating a familiar, comfortable environment
  • Controlling focus

Q&A, as well as suggested reading & viewing

Lara Deutsch © Brent Calis