Category Archives: GROWTH

Effective Emceeing Tips

Emcee

By Stacy Zemon, Publisher & Chief Scribe Here are my Top 15 suggestions for effective emceeing: 1. Open with a surprise, a shock…an interaction, something that makes connection, entertains, exposes, etc. 2. Use palm up instead of finger for pointing. Sometimes the finger looks like a gun and is rude in some cultures. Palm up…

2014 Music Trends

2014

By Dave Austin, “The Music Professor” As working DJs, it’s imperative that we be acutely aware of both current and near-future music trends, and I’ve been doing some research on what music biz insiders think will be the big trends for 2014.  Another reason I’m spending time on this is because I’ve noticed that some…

Make a Goal Then Let Go!

Set Goals

By Stacy Zemon, Publisher & Chief Scribe Over the years I’ve come to realize that goals may in fact get us to some predetermined destination, but at what cost? Now, before you write this off as some rationalization for lack of proper ambition, understand that I’m not talking about simply drifting along either. Get Clear…

When It Looks Easy…

Saving Mr. Banks

By Elisabeth Scott Daley, WED®, ABC™ “A Passion for Performance” The best compliment we as performers can receive is often a double-edged sword. If we do our jobs correctly, it seems effortless. To those observing, it will appear that there is no “art” involved, but that is an illusion. That is when we are truly…

How Great Are You?

Johnny Kelly

By Johnny Kelly, “MC Mastery” I must be completely honest. I hate it when people brag. And I would hate me right now except “I was amazing tonight.” I love this job so much that I just don’t want it to end. I will spend every minute of my life remembering these kids. I pride…

The Creative Personality

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By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Back in the year 2000, I read an excellent piece by David H. Lyman called “The Creative Personality.” Regular readers know that this is one of my top-tier topics, because absolutely everything that makes one DJ service different from another centers around the performer himself (or herself). Those…

Create an Action Plan for Success

A necessary ingredient in any formula for success is vision – your underlying, driving, desire-filled concept of what you value most in life. To convert a vision into a goal, break it down into a workable action plan of daily, weekly, and monthly steps. First, write out a vision statement. Detail for yourself what you want…

DJ Karma

Karma

By Shayn Satten, “Teen Entertainment Specialist” I have worked with many people over the years in this business. I, like everyone, have had both good and bad experiences. In recent years though, the majority of my experiences have turned good based on one simple fact. I am friendly to my fellow DJs. Like you, I…

Paying it Back, Forwards

Do No Harm

By Ben Stowe, “Sound & Lighting Guru” Some time ago I took to putting birthdays of family into my calendar. This is helpful because, well, to be completely honest, I just don’t remember them sometimes. Recently, a notification popped up alerting me to the birthday of a childhood neighbor we called “Grandpa.” Even though he…

Consistency = Career Longevity

DJ Career

By Alan Dodson, “Wedding Wizard” Consistently means doing something in the same manner, without variation. Some of the business practices we DJs use must be consistent. For example, management skills for a multi-op, showing up for a weddings on time, or even pursuing your goals. However, when it comes to your entertainment performance, too much…