Daily Archives: August 23, 2016

Time to Fire Things Up!

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Can you believe it’s almost fall?! It’s not just time for pumpkin spice lattes. It’s time to fire up your business or music career! You can’t do that, however, unless you have a strategy and a game plan.

So, I have a question for you: Have you mapped things out for the next stage of your business or music career? Or are you still just dreaming and hoping? Here are some tips that might help ignite the flame.

The project method

If you don’t have a deadline, it’s easy to take your time or put things off. It helps to treat your goals and tasks like a project with the following steps:

1) If you don’t have a deadline, create one!
2) Prioritize!
3) Schedule your tasks and execute daily.
4) Delegate, if possible.
5) Watch out for bright, shiny things!
6) Feed the flames! Keep getting your talent and your message out there and surround yourself with positive, encouraging people.

Fire starters

How’s this for a challenge? Singer/songwriter/musician/speaker Chris Hendricks (from Castlewild) will be driving from California back to North Carolina in October. He’s visiting 10 cities and has 17 days to play with. I have 6 weeks to find him paying speaking and music gigs along the route. Why am I clearing loads of time on my calendar to do this?

Because Chris is a fire starter. Yes, he is one of the most talented artists on my roster. Chris is also making his “mess” his message. He was born with cerebral palsy. He knows about the power of being underestimated, the effects of being treated differently, and dancing with the darkness. Like me, he has risen up and taken his powerful message to live audiences. He has a company called Perfectly Afflicted and is using his story and his talent to effect change. Please take a moment to watch the short but very powerful video above.

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Moving mountains

One thing I didn’t account for when planning my booking strategy was mountain roads. I had no idea that the places I was contacting outside of Flagstaff would require an additional 7 hours to get to, until one place I called mentioned it. It looked so close. Shoot! Time for a Plan B for Arizona. I’ve got to stick to Flagstaff or Sedona to keep him on schedule. I also don’t want him cursing me out when he tries to navigate mountain roads for long periods of time (Got any leads in Flagstaff, Roswell, Austin, Memphis, or New Orleans? Colleges and schools, corporate events, festivals, etc.). 😉

So even if you map out a solid strategy, be prepared for some surprises. You may have a “mountain” get in your way. If you truly believe in yourself and your mission and you’re ready to take that big leap, God will help you move mountains. He will also place people in your path to help you. I’m here if you need me.

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View More: http://em-grey.pass.us/new-years-mini-sessions-dori-web-optimizedDori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is the Founder and CEO of Rock the Next Stage. She helps serious musicians move their talent forward. Dori offers live performance coaching, ADHD coaching, business coaching, booking, management, and more. She is also a percussionist, drum therapist, and speaker. Be sure to snag Dori’s FREE Report on her website: Career Killers: 20 Mistakes Musicians Make.