Which Musical Character are YOU?

Combine psychology and industry research to find dormant natural abilities and a possible new focus!

We all have strengths and weaknesses – things we are good at and things we are not so good at.

  • Businesses do SWOT analyses.
  • Individuals take personality tests.
  • Some organizations encourage their members to take a Spiritual Gifts test.

If you are a musician or a supporter of live music, what are your industry-related strengths and weaknesses?

Wouldn’t it be a dream if we could combine some of the latest practical psychological research with the most realistic music research conducted in recent years?

I like making dreams come true, so I did. And now YOU get to benefit!

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The most unexpected networking question. And answer.

Networking Events = Ugh. Unless you choose to make them interesting.

Networking involves a multifaceted approach and numerous mediums (media?).

A networking event is just one of them, and gets a really bad rap because of the really bad practices people tend to employ at them.

After years of avoiding every networking event that came my way I figured things might have changed by now.

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3 steps to consider if you want to be wiser

22 Experts share what they have learned, so you can leap ahead.

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 explore what kind of wisdom they have garnered over the years?

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3 steps to safely try something wonderful

Not everyone is passionate about their first activity

When people find out I am a musician they ask what I play. My response is to let them know that “I am a Conductor, but my main instrument is percussion.”

But that’s not the whole story.

Percussion is, in fact, the third instrument [family] I tried in life, and not the last, either. But it did become my most favorite, my most effective, and the most fun… for me. I would never have known had I not tried something different, and kept trying different things, too.

Below are three steps you can take to safely try something different. You never know when you might stumble across your true passion in life.

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The strongest challenges for authentic musicians this year

Twenty industry experts tell us what is wrong with "classical" music

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 generous folk have been published 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 some of our challenges?

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Will people be happy when you leave?

THEY SHOULD BE!

When you encounter someone and share your passion for live music with them, will they remember you fondly, with kindness, excitement, hope? Or will they get on with their lives like nothing had happened?

Pondering this outcome is actually one of the first things to consider when making a decision, but it is usually the last thing on our minds.

That could be a huge mistake.

How will you be remembered?

How can community music be more fascinating?

Every community music group has a primary advantage. What's yours?

We all have a specific advantage over our neighbors – a particular strength or characteristic that makes us endearing. Much time and energy is spent on discovering our “personality traits” through inward-looking tests like the infamous Myers-Briggs, but I am more interested in how we fascinate each other.

The thing is, every company and organization also has a specific characteristic that endears people to it. For example, Amazon is all about Power and Innovation. Disney seems to be fascinating through Trust and Passion.

Knowing what your own or your organization’s characteristic advantage is goes a LONG way to improving communication, presentation, credibility, and ultimately, fascination. Why be fascinating? Humans are driven to satisfy their desires, and look to something they find fascinating as a challenge towards achieving that sense of satisfaction.

It’s the journey, not the destination.

I am a big fan of Sally Hogshead’s Fascination Advantage Assessment (click here to get yours now), and wonder how its five years of research and development through hundreds of thousands of tests might apply to music groups…

Live community music is a core foundation of any Culture