Personal Development

Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about how to improve themselves and their employees. This is the location to find such articles.

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The Thing about Forums

May 27, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Summer is almost here and wedding season is in full swing for most of the country. The majority of us have jam packed calendars between events and meetings. When DJ's get busy, forums get even busier. I belong to several forums (public and private) that cover all sorts of DJ related topics. For the most part, these forums provide a wealth of good info and tips. Unfortunately, some of us forget that the main purpose of forums is to share ideas and help each other get better at our craft. After a spending any amount of time reading posts, strands and threads on various forums a few main personality types quickly emerge over and over. Some a... [read more]
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It’s Time To Analyze Your Time

May 25, 2017 by Brian Lawrence
Employees in the wedding industry generally work a set number of hours per week and are paid hourly. On the other hand, many DJ’s and entertainers will set no boundaries on the amount of time dedicated to their business. The rewards of owning a business stretch far beyond financial gain. But analyzing your own time expenditure in your business can be an insightful growth experience for efficiency, balance, and profitability. time-managementOwner operators tend to take on many responsibilities with the default mentality that if they do something themselves, they don’t have to pay someone else to do it and thus, save money. But if someone ... [read more]
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Be a problem solver, not a salesman.

May 23, 2017 by Jesse Swanson
Sales: Listening and solving potential client problems As DJ’s we're very passionate about music and entertaining a crowd. We get that amazing adrenaline rush when a packed dance floor is having a big reaction to a song we played or something we said. The unfortunate fact is that many DJ’s out there, from newbies to veterans, struggle immensely with the sales process. In this article I would like to share a very simple mistake that most of us make. Something that might seem so very basic, but if you make this one change I promise you will see an increase in your closing rate.  Many of us got into this business as performers and not... [read more]
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Start. Stop. Continue. Mitch Taylor Taylored Sales

Start. Stop. Continue.

May 23, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
Start.  Stop.  Continue.  Mitch Taylor Taylored SalesIt’s been said there are 1440 choices in a day, which correlates to how many minutes are in a day.  You don’t have to wait for the next day, the next week, the first of next month to make a change and make a difference.  Start with that next minute out of 1440 in the day.  Take stock of where you are in life and decide three things.  What am I going to start?  What am I going to stop?  What am I going to continue?  Write them down.  Put them on a mirror in your bathroom so it is the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see when you go to bed.   &... [read more]
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The Profile Page – It’s Back!

May 22, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat is always thinking of new ways to bring you better content. We strive to be on the cutting edge of what is new, important and relevant to our industry. We cover the big topics of gear, music, performance and people. The first three topics are very well represented in Mobile Beat, but we felt that the "people" section needed some attention. So, resurrecting the Profile page to spotlight those impacting the DJ world in a positive and unique way was an easy decision. Each month Mobile Beat is going to interview a DJ, entertainer or artist that stands out in our industry. We need YOUR input. It's a big world. Tell us who you would li... [read more]
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Summer: Half-Time Inspiration

May 20, 2017 by Joe Bunn
Summer is coming. (I just said that in my best Jon Snow accent. Game of Thrones fans get it.) Summer is pretty consistent here in North Carolina. In May, it’s hot, June is hotter and July and August are unbearable. As you can imagine, May and June are slammed with weddings, July and August, not so much. However, being from the South, it’s going to take more than a 100-degree day to stop me from working! Summer can be super productive. Let’s discuss a few things we do here at Bunn DJ Company during those months that maybe you can incorporate into your calendar in 2017. Music Updates One of the first things we do at the start of summer... [read more]
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DJ Routines

May 19, 2017 by Dayna Solomon
Brush your teeth before you go to bed...Stretch after turning off the alarm clock...Dance like nobody is watching to your fav jam to get a recharging afternoon boost...All of these are simple routines or rituals that are a part of our human nature of habit. Imagine you are someone like swimmer Michael Phelps, the record holder for Olympic gold medals, as well as medals overall. What do you think his daily routines look like? In his book, No Limits: The Will To Succeed, Phelps describes the comprehensive routine he follows during the two hours leading up to every race. Besides a precise series of stretching and loosening up, he followed the following rout... [read more]
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Where there's a will there's a way Mitch Taylor Taylored Sales

Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

May 16, 2017 by Mitch Taylor
I recently had a situation where I had to try to get something done.  I tried three different phone calls to this guy to be able to put up flyers in his place of business.  I called back before Christmas. I called after Christmas break. I called again a day or two later and got nothing. OK no answer, no response. What do I do?  I didn't just keep the same approach, even though I could have.  However the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  There might be a better, easier way.     If you get stuck in a situation I encourage you to... [read more]
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I don’t mean to brag but, well. Yes I do.

May 11, 2017 by Aaron Demarest
Hey DJs! It's the first quarter and it's crunch time (Editors note: This was originally written back in February). Now I know what you're thinking. Is this going to be a brag about Aaron post? Kinda, but I think you're going to like the premise behind it. I just saw a post on social media where theknot had published the average wedding costs for the nation. And as expected, entertainment in terms of dollars spent was near dead last. Not hard to believe. I also saw a comment from another DJ... "Huh, no love or respect for the DJ. Shocker." This sends a clear message. I also hear more times than not folks who do what we do say, "it is impossible to go full time as a DJ" And here's where the bragging comes in. I am a high school graduate that was on the 5 year plan. Dropped out of college. And worked sin... [read more]
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Comedian Don Grey On The Funnier Side of Performing Better

May 10, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
We all know that engaging our audience is a crucial part of having a successful event. The ability to properly use humor is just as much a learned skill as any other in our bag of tricks. But the fact is that some of us are just not as funny as we think we are. There is hope though. I sat down with comedian Don Grey recently to get his thoughts on how to effectively use comedy to make our performances better. It's no joke: According to Don, comedy is serious business. MikeC: Hey Don, I appreciate you taking time out on the ship to sit with me. How long have you been doing comedy for Carnival? DonG: My pleasure. I started on Carnival back in 2... [read more]