Developing Your Groove

As this subject comes up a lot during music business seminars, I thought I’d blog on it. So let’s take a look at this:

First it takes some courage! Yes courage to choose a profession notorious for its up and downs, rejections and long road and with no guarantees! I remember when I came to my crossroads – get a regular steady job or go for it as a pro musician. For me it was easy as my passion for music and dislike for most everything else made it a simple decision. But I had many around me, family and friends, constantly warning me about this choice and that I needed to have something to fall back on. But the more they warned me, the more I knew this was my choice.

The next ingredient is persistence; persistence to study and practice as much as it takes to become proficient on your instrument of choice in order to compete in the marketplace because after all……it’s all about your word of mouth. It also takes persistence to keep on going no matter what. Giving up is not an option. The goal is the top of Mt Everest and the conviction is the summit or die in the assault!

Next would be personal integrity which translates to being willing to be yourself, to play the notes YOU want to play and play them well and with confidence and intention. Sounds simple but not so easy to do yet therein lies the way for you to communicate YOUR inner self and that’s what people really want you to do, trust me. Don’t ever deny yourself; only YOU can deliver your message. Once you achieve this ability – to play honest notes – you are already successful! The rest will follow and simply takes competence and persistence!

The next and probably most important of all is the giving of more than expected! Yes that’s right – ALWAYS give more than expected and what was paid for as that’s what gives you great word of mouth, great PR. That’s how you get “call backs” and references. Success in the entertainment industry is a) being referred to a gig and than b) delivering the goods way beyond what was expected – home run! You’re on your way!

Re: Delivering the goods: This demands competence on your instrument and your ability to communicate effortlessly to an audience. You should spend a considerable amount of quality time practicing the fundamentals of your instrument whether it’s a music school, private instruction or self study or all of the above. In this stressful economy it’s even more important that you have the competitive edge so don’t skimp on your training. There’s still plenty of work for those who can really play and are willing to communicate.

Here are some tips for your success:

1. Always envision the ideal scene – your dream as accomplished. This means whatever you want to achieve, imagine it as already done and achieved in your universe until it is actually done in the physical universe.

2. Make sure you’re on purpose as an artist meaning you’re doing what YOU want to do. Passion is everything and if you’re not doing exactly what you want, how can you expect to have any passion? Audiences aren’t stupid; they know sincerity and passion. Example: if your passion is progressive jazz fusion than that’s what you practice and play and promote for. Never consult with anyone regarding YOUR purpose other than yourself! Anybody or anything that gets in your way should be politely ignored and/or removed as the case may warrant. Once you achieve what you wanted in an area, keep doing those things that got you there and/or move on to a new game or area.

3. Be very product and service oriented meaning finish to professional competitive industry standards all products – CD’s, videos, DVD’s, music instruction manuals, performances etc. The key thing here is finish so it can be released and exchanged with the public. (A CD idea in one’s head is not a valuable final product. You must confront the time and money and production barriers and finish the bloody thing! Waiting for that illusive record deal is totally being a victim. Wait for no one and depend on no one!) Professional industry standards mean how does it stand up to the standard that’s currently selling or has been exchanged in the past? One has to be brutally honest here, doesn’t one? If one is a singer and sings a little out of tune, then one handles this; if one is a drummer and one’s time is weak, well get it handled. Promoting a weak product and/or service doesn’t work. When and if it does, it eventually fails anyway and besides, pride and accomplishment and work ethic apply here – that’s what a pro is.

4. Always try and make your products and services a knock out so they produce an incredible effect on your audience and thus get great word of mouth. Always try and go that extra mile and give way more than what might be expected.

5. Do lots of personal research in order to develop the correct business relationships to promote your products and services to. Personal research means – contacting those who might be able to help in some way, surfing the internet, reading the trade magazines, going to concerts/clubs, jamming with others; in other words pay attention to your particular zone. Hoping someone will contact you doesn’t work. You must flow inordinate amounts of energy outwards for that to occur. Also, you must do it because you want to… not only for the money and/or fame. That’s why number two above is so so important.

6. There should be no such thing as giving up! Just keep on delivering your products and services until the tea kettle whistles. If it doesn’t whistle (rejection), never let it affect you for very long; never stop practicing and creating, never. Simply get even more determined and refine your products and services even further until it does.

7. Always keep in communication with your developed personal and business relationships and flow them back the energy they flowed you when they need it… this includes your fans!!!

LeapFrog Learn and Groove Table: An Incredible Musical Table For Your Little One

A good children’s toy should be both entertaining and educational. Nowadays, you can easily find numerous toys created to both entertain and educate your child; one of them is the LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table. This toy is produced by LeapFrog, a notable children’s toy manufacturer. It comes with songs and real instrument sounds to stimulate your baby’s hearing. In addition, this product also has many things that your baby can slide, spin, open and close. By switching the pages of the book in the middle of the table, your baby can switch between the Learning Mode and the Music Mode. It is suitable for babies older than 6 months.

The dimensions of the table are 5.5 x 15.4 x 22.9 inches and it weighs about 8.5 pounds. The table legs are adjustable so that your child can play with it while sitting down or standing up. As your baby grows, the adjustable legs also make it easy for your child to play with the musical table. The games and songs are available in two languages: English and Spanish. The dual language option is a great feature to introduce your baby to different languages. This musical table is a toy that is specifically designed to stimulate the sensory, auditory, and motor senses of your child. It features 15 activities and 40 songs to keep your little one busy for hours.

Nowadays, children’s toys are more sophisticated than the ones we had back in our childhood days and LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table is no exception. This musical toy offers numerous features that will both entertain and educate your children. The plastic-molded table is also very sturdy and durable.

With this attractive toy, your baby can get fun 15 activities. The ABC song will be played as your baby spins the maraca. To educate your little one about different colors, let him play with the colored piano. You can also teach your baby to count until ten by moving the trombone’s slides. Then, you can play the 40 songs and melodies to your baby by switching from the Learning Mode to the Music Mode.

There are many things to learn with this musical table. With all of the attractive activities, it helps your baby to exercise his memory and problem-solving skills. This toy requires 3 AA batteries which can be purchased separately. LeapFrog Learn and Groove Table is totally the perfect gift for your precious child. You can purchase this product online and get discounted shipping rate from major online retailers.

The Role of Talent in Business Success

When it comes to business, there seem to be a select few people on this planet who are destined for amazing success, while the rest of us dream, hope, or try to emulate their business success.

However, the truth is that wealthy people aren’t necessarily lucky – except for the few who inherit their wealth, they all have one thing in common – talent.

The fact is, however, that everyone has some natural talent, which aligns him or her with a certain type of business or entrepreneurship. I’m not talking about a talent for a particular type of art, or a gift for working with numbers – I’m talking about the complex mesh of personality traits that make you, you.

Using this type of talent to determine how you should be running your business, and indeed, what business you should be in, is not a new concept – it’s been around for millennia, and first started being used by the Chinese. Like many ancient art forms, however, it has been abandoned, as society increasingly tries to fit everyone into the same profile.

We are not all the same though, and the fundamental rule that governs your success starts with working with your natural talents. It’s the difference between finding, and settling into your natural groove, where everything you do seems easy and right, and trying to follow the rules that society has set for business, and finding yourself swimming up stream.

Essentially, there are five distinct talent profiles: the dynamo, who is great at getting things started, but struggles to follow through; the blaze, who is fascinated by people, and great at networking, but easily distracted; the tempo, whose natural niche is working in a team; the steel, who is born to devise, and follow, structured systems; and the spirit, who is cool, calm and collected, no matter what.

Most of us, however, do not fall into a single talent category. We combine elements of two or more profiles, into our own unique wealth creation talent profile that we can use to create wealth, or that can be a stumbling block as we struggle to conform to what conventional wisdom tells us we should be doing.

Understanding where your personality falls within that framework of natural talent allows you not only to find the business that is right for you, but also to choose the means of turning it into a reality that best serves your personality.

We have all been there. We are working for someone else, and we just know that we have a better way of doing things than the one they are using. That is probably because they have created their own ideal system for getting things done, based on their natural talents. For them, that leads to business success, but to you, as an employee, which simply leads to frustration, because your talents are naturally different to your employers.

The same goes for business. Just because a particular business idea or formula works for one person, that does not mean it will work for you. Unless you understand what your talents are, and create a business that best serves those talents, you’re going to be trying to fit the proverbial square peg into a round hole. Which as we all know is impossible.

That is the secret to business success right there. Discovering and activating your natural talents for business success and wealth. It is also the reason you fail. You are not working with your talents, but against them. It is a constant battle, and you are exhausted even before you get started.

For the would be entrepreneur, and the small business owner, understanding your talents is an epiphany. It’s the moment that you realise that everything you’ve been doing up to now could have been done quicker, easier, and with much less effort on your part. It allows you to design a business, and a system, that makes wealth flow to you, instead of making you chase after it. That is what true success is. Being in a business that you love, and using your natural talents in the way they were intended to be used.

Understanding your unique talent profile can also help you to find the best people to work and partner with. Some profiles work better with others, supporting and boosting each other’s successes, while others naturally clash. Understanding how you and your partner align from the outset can help you to determine your roles in your business, and the best way to move forward.

I am a firm believe that knowing what your talents are, and how to best utilise them and combining them with your passions, is the first step in business success. You will still have to put in time, effort, and money to start your business, but instead of fighting a losing battle, you will have a clear path to success. So why not find out what your unique business talent profile is, and start using it to succeed?