A collection of longer articles, published first for the “Words to the Wise” Newsletter.

Clear the Plate - the 2nd Key to Maintaining Focus

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In the first installment of this series we created a big brainstorm…

Maintaining Focus in the Face of Chaos - 1st Key

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The Holiday Season can be so joyfully chaotic, can't it?  Parties…

Embrace Your Unique Voice as an Artist

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This is primarily directed to artists, but really, it applies…

Don't be a Needy Artist

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Over the past few years, since I started doing the Ask Coach Debra Calls and being more active on Twitter and Facebook, I've had many encounters that go something like this:

Facebook Promotion Etiquette

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In the last week, 2 people have gone onto my Facebook Pages - Debra Russell and Artists Marketing & Business Academy - and posted that I should check out their Facebook Page or ReverbNation Page. And my first reaction was - wow, that's rude.

FEARING PARIS

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Suppose that what you fear could be trapped and held in Paris. Then…

Some Fun Alternative Definitions of FEAR

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False Evidence Appearing Real – the canonical one False…

An Open Letter to LunarPages

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or Why I Recommend Against Using LunarPages to Host Your Website The…
Belief, emotional intelligence, Fear

Confidence

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Confidence, as an issue, comes up for my clients, in one form…

Niche Marketing - How Thinking Small Can Payoff BIG!

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What is a Niche, really?  And why is everybody talking about…

Venues and Artists - A Complex Relationship

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Last week, an interesting conversation erupted on a music list-serve that I participate in. I think there is much to be learned from this both by the Venue Owners/Bookers and the Performing Artists who depend on those bookers for their gigs. I have removed all of the names/locations because the real issues here are applicable across locations, genre and venue size. If you are a performing artist looking to book gigs - I strongly recommend you read on - don't make these mistakes yourself! And if you are a venue owner or booker - you may also find this informative.

If You Build It, They Will Come

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Or Will They? Many artists in the music industry believe that all they have to do is record a CD and their audience is sure to show up. I believe that this mythology has had a detrimental impact on the DIY musicians’ success promoting their music. So, let’s deconstruct this idea and really take a look at it.

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