#194, Oct 9, 2019
Watch me talk about "creating opportunities". (100 seconds)

Creating Opportunity

Let's talk about YOUR opportunities to be successful.

Especially about how to create them for yourself.  

Want to do it well?  Let me give you a Tip.   

But First, Let Me Tell You a Little Story:

I make a living as a musician.  

Someone once told me  "Your success is all just dumb luck!"

Oh, really?  I doubt that.  Because
I create many of my own best opportunities . 

For example, this is one of my first:  

Back in 1975,  I formed the Magnolia Jazz  Band, 
and I took care of business with only my home 
telephone, my typewriter, and a little pencil 
in a little spiral notebook. 

In those early days the band usually worked as a trio. 
And occasionally we'd assemble as a six-man 
old-style New Orleans dance band, and 
we'd play at big traditional jazz festivals 
across the country.

One afternoon I was typing a letter to a 
festival producer in Colorado.  Using my 
customary "hunt-and-peck" technique.  

Oooops!  I made a typo and had to start over.  

(This might sound weird if you've always used 
a word processor.  But back in those days, 
before today's word processors were invented,  
people often hired an excellent typist to 
prepare letters.  Sadly, I'm not one.)

I made another typo and started again.  

And another, and another.  

Too frustrating!  Know what I mean?

I shouted,   "This is the end!  Time for a change."  

So I went out and bought a used Apple IIe 
computer, with a modified electric typewriter 
for a printer.

As a result, I'd type a draft for a letter, 
edit it as much as I'd like, and then print 
a perfect copy.  

First time!  Amazing!

That computer was my first opportunity 
to write letters in a word processor, 
keep records in a data base, and tally 
my reports in a spreadsheet.  

I found myself doing my usual jobs much better, 
plus dozens of projects I'd been only dreaming 
about, all in a fraction of the time it used to take.  

Buying that computer was one of my all-time 
best moves.  Seriously!  

Talk about creating an opportunity -- 
my productivity skyrocketed!  

Why do I mention creating an opportunity?

Because this is an easy strategy YOU could use 
to help plan your wedding or your next party.

Make your own luck.  Position yourself for success.

Create an opportunity for success to fall in your lap, 
out of the blue.

Or to use another image, imagine you find  a 
great river of wedding or party planning advice, 
with lots of wonderful suggestions floating by.  

Seize the opportunity!  Jump right in, spread 
your arms, and catch as many tips as you can.

So here's that Tip I promised you: 

Here's a great way to create your next opportunity. 
Search online for "wedding planning" or "party 
planning" websites  and forums.   

Find a dozen or so that talk about what you're looking for. 
That speak your language  -- easy to read and easy to understand.

Subscribe to the 2 or 3  that seem most helpful 
for what you want.  Read them regularly, take notes, 
and use their  best advice to begin assembling your 
next celebration, even the music.

And if you're looking specifically for tips about your
wedding or party music, you can always ask me.

We know how to create the perfect mood for celebrating.  Especially at weddings and parties  .

And now that we're talking about 
wedding and party music...

Halloween and Thanksgiving are just ahead, 
and you might be involved with planning an 
exciting celebration.

And if you or a friend are engaged to get 
married, you might also be involved with 
planning the wedding.

Perhaps both. 

So the next time you or a friend   are looking   for 
upbeat, elegant music,  played the way you want, 
think of us.

Where can you can preview us?  Here: (RSVP required)

Sat, Oct 12,  6:00-10:00pm
"Bridge the Gap" Gala
San Jose Convention Center,
150 E San Carlos, San Jose

Reply or call 408-245-9120.  Let's chat soon.

Robbie Schlosser | Magnolia Jazz Band
"Elegant, Upbeat Music for Weddings and Parties"  
P.S.  See our  Yelp reviewsphotos of us in action on  Instagram

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