Who is a non-beginner? Someone who is comfortable with his instrument. Ukulele players , often self-taught or have taken a few beginner workshops, are non-beginners if they already know how to tune, play the basic chords from memory (C, F, G7, Am, C7) and strum instinctively. They know how to read a chord diagram. They know how to look at a song sheet and finger the chords indicated with the lyrics.
What would a “ukulele for the non-beginner / busy adult” course include?
Networking skills are essential to opening the right doors. Some years ago, I listed topics I’d like to speak on — perhaps in a course to help people become better networkers. subtitle: How to build contacts and develop beneficial relationships for a lifetime
A phone call to an ex-colleague I hadn’t seen in more than 10 years brought back memories of my life before music. He reminded me what a conference junkie I used to be. I boasted that I had gone to 3 dozen conferences in 2 years. It was only because I had overdone it and my boss told me to sit still for a staff meeting that saved my life on 11th September 2001. Otherwise, I would have gone to the conference on top of the World Trade Centre.
Going to conferences is one way to meet people, connect, and start new relationships. Networking does not need to take place only at conferences, however. We do it all the time in the music world. Networking skills are essential to opening the right doors.
Some years ago, I listed topics I’d like to speak on — perhaps in a course to help people become better networkers. I most definitely need to build a hierarchy out of this linear outline.
How to build contacts and develop beneficial relationships for a lifetime
What is networking
The importance of networking today
Online vs offline networking
Making cold calls: overcoming fear of rejection
Turning a cold contact to a warm one
How to grow your network
How to keep your network i.e. how not to lose your contacts
How to prevent abuse of your network
Social networking strategies and tactics: using linkedin, facebook, twitter, blog, and other online tools to make new contacts and grow your network
How to keep your private and professional networks apart (separate)
How to remember names and faces
Networking etiquette: how to introduce yourself, how to introduce someone to someone else you know, …
E-mail etiquette: contact and follow-up
Thank you: the importance of acknowledgement and appreciation
Online and offline modes of communication
Developing relationships that stick
Guan Xi: the Chinese term for networking and relationships
Yuan fen: serendipity and how to let go when the time is up
Ego rubbing exercises
The art of reciprocation
Collaboration as a way forward
Referring and recommending
Building a contact management system: mailing list etc
Data protection act: bcc in e-mails
Developing a rapport (NLP techniques)
The elevator pitch
Renewing your contacts
Staying in touch
How to deal with awkward moments and situations
Proper and effective use of social media networking tools
There is a certain art to writing a blog to get it found. It’s not your everyday writing. You have to pay attention to the words you use and the hyperlinks you make. If you’d ask me to give a course on “blogging to be found,” I’d propose the following outline.
Many people have asked me why I blog. Why did I start blogging in 1999? Why did I continue?
There are many reasons why I started and continued. I will save that for another blog post. The important thing I want to get across is to get your blog found by others. You can do active promoting by telling people “Hey! I just wrote something. Here it is. Please read it” or you can just wait to be discovered by the way you write your blog.
There is a certain art to writing a blog to get it found. It’s not your everyday writing. You have to pay attention to the words you use and the hyperlinks you make.
A blog is almost exactly the opposite of an e-mail campaign that can be interpreted as spam. You readers come to you rather than the other way around.
One of the reasons for blogging on the CONCERTBLOG is to find those readers that are interested in the things I’m interested in: music, economics, concertizing or concertising, chamber music, classical music, concert touring, attending concerts, producing concerts, collaborating, writing programme notes, researching composers, performance excellence, and so on.
If you’d ask me to give a course on “blogging to be found,” I’d propose the following outline.
NEW COURSE: Blogging to be found on the Internet
Your objective, motive, goals: why you want and need to blog
Choice of blog platform: own website, free blog engines, other
The topics you want to write about: can we summarise in a single theme
The routine and practice of blogging: inspiration, negativity, demotivation, feedback
Basic writing rules: against plagiarism, respect reciprocation
Building your readership and expanding your community
Writing for online reading is different from print; organising your content
Choosing your words, tags, categories, and “alt”
Social networking tools to promote your blog
Optimal image size for fast download
Access to your own computer
Already have a blog or intend to start one
The will to learn and the stamina to continue
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What better way to teach economics than to use musical examples? [I can’t say I can teach music using economics examples although I am trying to write about it in this very blog: the economics of music.]
Now I love ABBA. I love the symmetry of the group’s name. I’ve been to the previews of the musical Mamma Mia when it first came out in London. I’ve seen the movie Mamma Mia in Utrecht, Netherlands. I’ve even staged my birthday party into an ABBA sing-along contest.
I love music. I love economics.
What better way to teach economics than to use musical examples? [I can’t say I can teach music using examples in economics although I am trying to write about it in this very blog: the economics of music.]
I would add Meatloaf’s “Two out of three ain’t bad” to the list of examples on that website. That’s about satisficing, i.e. not optimising. When you can’t get 100%, aim for what’s good enough.
How many of these popular tunes played at my fitness centre have lyrics that I can use for the new generation of university students? Could Black Eye Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” be about subjective probability?