It is crucial to prepare before a performance, all members of the group must be physically and mentally prepared for the spot light.
Physical preparation should include rehearsals, making sure each person knows their part of the performance, the timing and the changes.
Mental preparation is most important, confidence is needed to take centre stage, and through mental preparation this can be achieved. Knowing what is going to happen is the key.
Of course the unexpected may occur, the event may be running late, particularly with open mic nights, you never quite know when it will be your turn.
Be prepared, discover your own preparation techniques. Be ready for anything, learn to improvise and be dynamic.