Where does your time go?
Many of us feel like we’re super-busy. Take a look at how you spend your day. Are you getting sucked into the social media vortex? How about spending way too much time tweaking your website, uploading photos, writing blog posts and newsletters, or making videos. Yes, this all helps with branding and visibility. However….
Is any of that helping your bottom line? Are you seeing an increase in inquiries, sales, or gigs? Or is everything a blur?
If not, here are a few tips to bring things into focus:
1) Try kickin’ it old school! In other words, start using your phone to actually call people! It’s a great way to share what you’re doing but be direct and to the point. Don’t give them your life story: Ask for what you want. You may be pleasantly surprised.
2) Follow up! Now’s a good time to follow up on any leads you may have abandoned. People may not have had it in their budget to hire you then but maybe they do now. If you’ve worked with someone before, just check in with some news or ask them how they’re doing.
3) Don’t just focus on the money. Choose opportunities that are a good fit. Stay true to who you are and remember why you’re doing this. This is especially important for Christian artists. Remember to support other artists and pay it forward. This will come back to you one day.
4) Don’t be discouraged! “No” isn’t the end of the world. It just means you weren’t a good fit or it just wasn’t the right time. I’ve been turned down for speaking gigs, drumming gigs, and publishing opportunities. Some of the bands I’ve pitched for festivals or shows weren’t selected, even though they were extremely good, leaving them (and me) totally stunned.
I tell them not to worry. That means that something even better is right around the corner. It takes many “no’s” to get to that one “yes.” The trick is to stay focused, be consistent with your efforts, and stick with it! If all of this is too overwhelming or totally not your thing, hire someone!
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Dori 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 and specializes in young talent and Christian artists. Dori is also a speaker, author, percussionist, and drum therapist. Be sure to grab Dori’s FREE Report on her website: Career Killers: 20 Mistakes Musicians Make.