In my 25 year career, I’ve worked with all kinds of people struggling to do their best under extreme pressure: police SWAT officers, professional golfers, Grand Prix drivers, Olympic athletes, conductors, instrumentalists, singers, dancers, and actors.
I am no stranger to pressure myself. As a champion diver, West Point graduate, Army Ranger and Green Beret, I know what extreme stress can do to performance. I earned my doctorate in sports psychology at U.S. Int’l University in San Diego. My dissertation demonstrated that the sports psychology technique of Centering could significantly improve the performance of police SWAT officers in life-or-death shooting situations.
My research led me to develop the Performance Skills Inventory (PSI), an assessment tool that has proved critical in helping performing artists. The first musicians who took an early form of the PSI (the Artist’s Performance Survey) and applied my success strategies won auditions for the Houston Symphony and the Chicago Lyric Opera. Transcription of my training sessions with them culminated in my first book, Audition Success.
After several more clients went on to win prestigious positions with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony, I was invited to teach at The Juilliard School and The New World Symphony.
Performance Success was an outgrowth of my graduate class at Juilliard and master class series at the New World Symphony. After working with Merrill Lynch executives on Wall Street, I wrote Fight Your Fear and Win, to train business executives and public speakers, as well as athletes and performing artists.