It’s the High Notes People Remember You for

Have you ever watched talent shows like The Voice and the X Factor and seemingly, out of nowhere, been struck by singers who are not professionals, but are capable of belting out incredibly high notes?

Then, they kept amazing the public with vocal skills even more outstanding, time and time again, round after round.

So no wonder this kind of performer is a familiar presence at final stages at talent competitions. Those high or unusual notes make a lasting impression on audience members. They remember the goosebumps and keep voting skilled singers through.

I myself, as an Australian business speaker, have taken notice of this impact and I reckon this is the reason I also use my opera singing skills to strike a chord with my audience.

I realized you have to make an impression.

I understood you have to deliver a strong stimulus if you want your image or message to be firmly associated with a memorable experience.

And if you want to succeed in any industry, being remembered is what matters more and more.

I’ll just take as an example one of the most ‘hip’ public figure nowadays – Elon Musk.

His history of bold moves (i.e. high notes) can partly explain why he’s managed not just to push his company further, but his competitors and industry, as well.

Honestly speaking, if someone came to you claiming they’ll launch a car into space, would you find them delusional or not? Whichever the answer, you’ll sure remember them. Especially if they keep coming back with unlikely claims which take you aback.

Because the true mark of evolution is being able to hit the high notes regularly. To make this a habit. Something people can identify you by.

Elon Musk is someone who excels at this. He keeps putting himself and his company into the spotlight. Just recently, he deleted The SpaceX and Tesla Facebook pages, prior to the recent news about the social network’s association with the user personal data exploitation scandal.

People were taken aback: “Oh, but he’s giving up on a huge platform for worldwide exposure”, they’d say. Unknowingly, they are creating even more exposure by spreading this piece of news which divides opinions. And dividing opinions spread like wildfire because they ignite people to stop, listen and take a side.

High Notes for Sustainable Peak Performance

Have you ever come across these words: “Work until you no longer have to introduce yourself”?

These are the words of Harvey Specter, the incredibly successful lawyer starring in the legal drama Suits. In fact, his character is built on precisely this premise: always winning, always pushing to get the highest note, to get the most resounding success. Otherwise, Harvey wouldn’t have managed to survive – let alone become a household name – in the highly competitive environment of the New York City legal scene.

So by sporting a ‘go big or go home’ attitude, this character strikes so many high notes that he gains enormous exposure and thus the most demanding cases…which he manages to solve. By hitting new notes. On and on.

Peak Performance is not one act. It is not hitting one high note. It is hitting that high note time and time again. This creates what can be called a ‘virtuous loop’ (or what I call in my keynote a ‘never-ending cycle’), meaning the more high notes you manage to reach, the more you’ll perfect a mindset based on precise values:

  • purpose
  • action
  • momentum
  • resilience
  • self-belief
  • passion.

No-one notices the cycle, no-one sees the effort and hard work. No-one, in the end, remembers the failures along the way because just like The X-Factor and The Voice and those other TV shows, it’s the high notes which are what gets you noticed. It’s the high notes that people remember you for.


An Australian Event Awards ‘Entertainer of the Year’, a music theatre star and co-founder of the world’s most booked corporate entertainment act ‘The Three Waiters’, Darryl’s keynote presentation ‘Hitting the High Notes’ is a compelling story with walk-the-talk key take-home messages and is a ‘must see’ for conference attendees worldwide. He is a unique combination of entrepreneur, speaker and showman – a mesmerising blend of business smarts, engaging storytelling and live opera! It is a combination that has made Darryl one of Australia’s most in demand business and resilience speakers, headlining many Top 500 company conferences including the famed ‘Million Dollar Round Table’ in the USA.