Goals & Planning

Are Your Goals Still Appropriate for This Year

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Are your goals still appropriate for this year since you set those lofty goals a few years ago?   If you're like me, I review and make new goals every year and then revamp them midway through the year. Then I laugh at what might have derailed the whole plan.   If you are still working on goals, you set at an earlier stage of your life and career, are your goals still appropriate for you at your current age and stage of your career now? How often to you review those long-term goals? Are you tweaking your goals regularly to keep up with life's changes and career growth?   Are…

Here Are 3 Best Practices for the New Year

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Here are 3 best-practices for the New Year that you might make part of your routine this year and for years to come. The new year is off and running. Holiday travel is winding down and winter is about to kick into high gear. Are you ready? Adopt these 3 best-practices and you will have an advantage over other artists vying for the same gigs. Practice Gratitude: One sure-fire way to build great relationships in business and in life is to demonstrate your appreciation to those with whom you interact. From the business perspective, that might simply mean remembering to send Thank You notes to bookers, presenters, media folks and…

Time to Celebrate You During The Holidays

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Celebrate You 2020

It's time to celebrate you during the holidays.   Take a break from planning, practicing and do some partying. You’ve earned it after a full year of nose to the grindstone, conferences, phone calls, newsletters and emails.   I always take Christmas week and reflect, regroup, re-organize my office and get ready to dive into the New Year. It’s really a great time to celebrate-but not just the holidays. It’s a great time to celebrate all you’ve accomplished over the last year. We don’t do that enough. We don’t congratulate ourselves for what we’ve achieved, large or small.   As independent artists we are most likely not involved with an…

Grateful Tidings for a Great Holiday Season

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Grateful Tidings

I wish you grateful tidings for a great holiday season and a wonderfully fruitful New Year.   I am so incredibly grateful to be able to work with you, whether in some small way through these Biz Boosters or on a more involved ongoing basis. Your creativity inspires me to continue growing and being creative in my own right. The work I do with your success in mind, keeps me focused and grounded to my life's purpose and for that I am truly grateful.   So, during the holidays as you find yourself caught up in the frenzy, take some time to just sit with a friend or family member…

End of Year Review

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End Of Year Review

I want to share a powerful end of year review with you to help carry you forward into the new year.   Every year during Christmas week I set aside time to look back over the last year and see what I accomplished in my business and in my life. Then I look ahead and make some plans for the new year.   I cherish this time as I look at all the new things that I was able to make happen or challenges that I faced head on and conquered. It’s not so much the number of things that were done that makes an End of Year Review so…

Focus on Your Fans for the Holidays

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focus On Your Fans for the Holidayss

Focus on your fans for the holidays. Here are some ideas of how.   When you focus on your fans, the ones who have signed up on your mailing lists, bought your CDs, shown up at your concerts, you can always come up with new ways of creating value for them—and in turn yourself.   Think about what your fans want, their concerns especially at this time of year. Everyone’s busy with holiday happenings, parties, shopping, giving and getting gifts.   So how can you create something of value for your fans who are thinking about those things without being all sales-like?   What kind of creative ideas can you…

Great Things From Leftovers

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Great Things From Leftovers

This is the perfect time for making great things from leftovers. I cook so I can have leftovers. In fact, I plan my meals with the intention of creating leftovers. Holidays offer a perfect opportunity for leftovers. I think about the holiday season as the leftovers of the prime time for touring. You have about a month when booking personnel are either scrambling to finish their bookings or they are done and not taking any calls. You have returned from most of your intentional tours and are either playing holiday gigs or laying low, trying to book late year gigs for the coming winter. These are the leftover days of…

Just Breathe

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Just Breathe

Are you giving yourself time to just breathe? Do you ever look at a website or newspaper or magazine page and get overwhelmed by all the copy and graphics? In the design world this is sometimes known as not leaving enough white space. You need some white space to pull the design together. Sometimes I feel like we create our lives in a similar way, crowding every moment with something so that there is no room to just breathe. We don’t leave any white space. It is in this kind of environment that we begin to feel overwhelmed. In that white space, there are opportunities staring you in the face.…

Being In A State Of Flow

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Being In A State Of Flow

What exactly is, "being in a state of flow?" Flow, in the zone, on the path, in the right place at the right time, coincidence, serendipity—whatever you may call it, is something to pay attention to. But do you? I have experienced, being in a state of flow, a few times in my life. When I had just decided to write my book, but hadn’t yet, it seemed the universe agreed with my decision. Information I needed, arrived unsolicited in the mail or was handed to me by friends, unasked. Sometimes, you need to be alert enough to recognize the gifts being handed to you. Then, be grateful to stay…

Get Great Gigs Podcast

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I could use your expertise. As a Biz Booster Hot Tip follower, you may have some favorite topics that have been particularly helpful. You may also have some concerns that have not been addressed. I’d like to turn your topic ideas and desires to learn more, into an episode of my forthcoming Get Great Gigs Podcast There you have it, I’ve just announced that I’m creating a new Podcast. We are in the early planning stages. The idea is to take some of the favorite topics from 11 years of past Biz Booster Hot Tips and dive more deeply into each one. The weekly podcast will become mini-master classes on…