Are shrewd assumptions the best way forward?

Twenty industry experts share their biggest mistakes, so you don't have to make them!

Since the beginning of 2016 I have been inviting experts throughout the music industry to help you gain clarity and avoid the mistakes they have made, by sharing their thoughts and advice. We are clearly in the midst of a fascinating journey of discovery, with input from managers, composers, producers, consultants and educators as well as performers.

So far, responses from twenty-two generous folk have been received and I was interested in what they have to say, collectively, as individuals from different cultures and different perspectives of live “classical” music.

Shall we shed some light on the mistakes some of them have made?

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What miracle changes should a magic wand make?

Twenty industry experts tell us what they believe needs to change

Since the beginning of 2016 I have been inviting experts throughout the music industry to help you gain clarity and avoid the mistakes they have made, by sharing their thoughts and advice. We are clearly in the midst of a fascinating journey of discovery, with input from managers, composers, producers, consultants and educators as well as performers.

So far, responses from twenty-two generous folk have been received and I was interested in what they have to say, collectively, as individuals from different cultures and different perspectives of live “classical” music.

Shall we shed some light on what needs to change in the live classical music world?

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My new book!

Some of the best advice to help you perform more, and better!

book_BoostYourConcertCareerNow_Cover160426aThe first part of this calendar year saw some extraordinary activity on my website. I wrote a bunch of articles about performing more, performing better, and generally what you need to do to be more effective in sharing live music with others.

It was one of the most thrilling online seasons I have experienced, with a LOT of very engaging emails from readers.

Thank you.

So you know what I decided to do?

I collated them into one little volume of Impact!

How life rewards the committed professional

You will grow leaps and bounds by committing to an outcome, not a task or circumstance.

Over the past few months you have been making some incredible decisions. You have been considering SMARTER professional and personal goals, and maybe even stuck with some of them. The people you influence in life have benefited from your experience and knowledge, and the world is already a better place because of you. Thank you.

But what is next?

You may have some clear tasks to accomplish throughout the rest of this year, but what about longer term? Where are you headed? Do you care about your legacy or what your lifestyle will be like in 3, 5 or 10 years’ time?

Whether you have a goal to accomplish today, this week, or next month, or you have a lifelong dream, you will not reap its full rewards unless you are actually committed to it. And it is definitely worth your commitment…

Commitment causes contentment and happiness

4 staggering success beliefs you should choose right now

Without these beliefs, your career will remain stalled

Most of the Western World is so fast these days that we make many, many assumptions. Sometimes too many, perhaps. How often do you take stock and consider what you can achieve in life?

Whether you are a performer or not, our skills can often be far more advanced than our work requires. Ever heard anyone mutter they are not paid what they are worth? Yeah – others suffer from that self-limiting syndrome, too.

Here are four beliefs that you simply MUST adopt right now if you want to boost your career in any way:

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What one frustrating barrier do you need to overcome?

3 tactics that will propel you towards your dream

If you completed the three steps in my previous article, you have a task to do today.

Just one.

But think:

  • Why haven’t I accomplished this task before?
  • What has stopped me doing this task before today?
  • What’s stopping me doing the task today?

No doubt you will identify a number of barriers – some real and some perceived – that have prevented you moving towards your goal. Pick one of them. The obvious one. The one right in front of you.

What is that one obstacle you must overcome first in order to complete today’s task and propel you towards you dream?

There are three ways to deal with that barrier:

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The two greatest decisions you love to ignore

Clarify your dreams and your lifestyle becomes achievable

In Western society we tend to employ a false guilt about money and lifestyle. Classical musicians, in particular, have become victims of a marketing machine that labels us either struggling and frantic, or a global superstar. The real world is quite different, should you choose to venture into it.

There are two simple decisions available to us that most performers ignore, and when confronted with them, sometimes unexpectedly, we deny our innermost true sense of self in order to say what we think should be said. Or what we think the other person wants to hear. Or whatever will make us look altruistic.

We worry about our image more than our dreams. This is how to overcome that now…

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20 ways to conquer the world with a behind-the-scenes coach

Discover the so-called secret that helps every highly successful leader, performer, business #StayMotivated

What do Steve Jobs, Jodie Foster and Daniel LaRusso have in common?

The obvious answer is that they are all, very loosely, somehow related to the movie industry.

However, there is a more fundamental and far more important connection they all share…

#StayMotivated with a coach