Well, I gave them the pep talk and, yes, it was terrible. I need to work on that. I feel like my pep talks come off more as stern warnings. I'm trying to instill a sense of importance in them so that they feel proud of what they're putting out there. I want them to know that I take them seriously, but the reactions I get are stressed and nervous.
Tonight was fabulous! They did everything correct and the audience loved it. I found myself able to sit back and enjoy the show for once, instead of paying close attention and being nervous. I got a really great team with a lot of natural talent.