As an Absolute Shameless Plug for My Youngest Daughter, Ayana Symone, who just published her first novel, “How I Fell In Love With Myself” late last year, I want to share some advice I gave her as we were entering the building for her to do her first TV Interview to begin her promotional tour.
It is Wise Advice Every EntreMusician Should Remember Always:
TALK TO EVERYONE!
There is No Such Thing as an Insignificant Person. Ever. Absolutely Everyone Deserves to be treated with Dignity & Respect.
Don’t just Politely Speak and move on, but
TALK TO the Parking Attendant who Valets Your Car. Smile, Thank & Tip Them. Especially if you’re in a hurry.
TALK TO Them Again when You Return.
TALK TO the Employee who Greets You at the Door. Compliment them.
TALK TO the Security Guard who Takes You Up to the Elevator, even if you only begin with the weather.
TALK TO the Receptionist / Assistant that Shows You to the Green Room.
TALK TO the Technician who helps you with your microphone
.TALK TO the Host/Hostess who offers you Coffee/Water/Tea.
Take a Moment to TALK TO the Custodial Personnel who may walk in to Empty the Trash or Sweep the Floor while You’re Waiting.
Treat Each Person as Graciously and Genuinely as You Do the Person Interviewing You.
Often, I’ve made a point to have an Extra CD or Download Card to Gift Someone who is in no way related to the Interview, whether they happen to be an Employee or is in the building on another matter, I Gift as a courtesy – After Having a Light, Encouraging Conversation.
These Encounters have earned me Mileage that has taken me further on my journey than just“sticking to the task at hand,” and only Talking to Those Directly Related to My Goal/Cause/Project!
I am in a Crusaders zone, I’m listening to “Unsung Heroes” AGAIN on Vinyl!