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Put the Audience in Charge

It makes total sense, right? If you're trying to reach a certain demographic, why not ask for their input?Catherine Love reports for The Guardian about two theaters in York and Manchester that are going beyond just asking audience members to fill out surveys. They're recruiting them to help with programming decisions.Love writes, "For the last year or so, the [York] Theatre Royal has not only been asking its audience what they think of their shows -- it has invited...

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Podcast: Creative Entrepreneurship With Jim McCarthy

On his podcast, Business for Unicorns, business coach and entrepreneur Michael Keeler speaks with inspiring leaders and entrepreneurs who believe that business is one of the best tools for making a powerful, positive impact on the world.On this episode, Keeler talks creative entrepreneurship with Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy.Listen to the episode.Read More:Are You on Pace for a Record Season?The Show Love Podcast: RagtimeIs Your Advertising Working for You?#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides...

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10 Inspiring TED Talks

You know we're huge TED Talk fans. Entrepreneur shares 10 TED talks that will change how entrepreneurs think about the world.Do you have your tickets to TEDxBroadway 2019 yet? TEDxBroadway will be returning to the New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. As you know, we sell out every year and quickly, so we encourage you to get your tickets now!Check out Navi Radjou's TED talk below about creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits, then watch the rest!#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left;...

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Your TEDxBroadway Talk

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought about what talk YOU would give at TEDxBroadway. Now, take that hand and click here to tell us about it! Seriously.Last year, three of the 15 speakers we featured on our stage answered the call for our New Voices program. One of them was Julie Stroud. Her talk, "The Transformative Power of 'Dear Evan Hansen'" was both intensely personal and honest. It was something our team would never have been able to come up with by ourselves. Advice from Julie about submitting your...

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The Play’s the Thing …

With so many new plays opening on Broadway, we couldn't help but think about the playwrights who have graced the TEDxBroadway stage over the years.Patricia Ione Lloyd (Her play Eve's Song has been extended at The Public Theater, and we still can't get a ticket!) asks, "Where Does Your Soul Live?"Big props to Alexander Dinelaris (won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Birdman and wrote the book for the musical On Your Feet), who speaks about "Surprising Inevitability."And,...

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Jim’s Book Pick for Big Business

Inc. contributor Christina DesMarais asked a group of super successful people, including Jim, to share one book they would recommend to help arts entrepreneurs get ahead in business and life. Jim's pick may surprise you: Simple Pictures Are Best by Nancy Willard"Ambitious and creative entrepreneurs and managers have plenty of ideas. In this little book, a shoemaker and his wife are getting a picture made to celebrate their anniversary. It starts with just the two of them, posed elegantly in front...

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TEDxBroadway Summer Playlist

What are you doing this summer? Wait. Before you answer that, watch these talks. Turns out, what you do in the summer could actually have a much bigger impact on you year-round.For example, we loved this talk by TEDxBroadway 2016 alum, Wesley Whatley:He took us down to the campfire, where he strums the guitar and invites us to sing along. Whatley is part of the team that produces America's largest Independence Day celebration -- Macy's 4th of July Fireworks....

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Clock Time Vs. Calendar Time

What does it mean to go fast? To get things done quickly? To be productive with time?Does it mean moving through your tasks with Benny Hill-like speed?Does it mean, for example, moving your toothbrush up and down faster? Or, perhaps it means brushing for a fraction of the time you usually do?In the context of a business project with a projected length of weeks or months, it shouldn’t mean these things, but I think that sometimes people get confused....

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Do Yoga, Meditate & More Tips to Speed Up Your Arts Writing

Ever get stuck trying to write arts copy? Daisy Hartwell recently shared an infographic with us highlighting 15 amazing ways to write faster. Some of the tips include: Do a 5-minute workout and use a 30-minute timer, which is something Jim touched on in his post, Seven-Minute Egg Timer Method: "I set aside the seven minutes and just wrote my thoughts on my whiteboard as they came to me. I alternated between seven minutes of intense focus and note taking...

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You Might Fail, So At Least Fail Up

I have a friend who is a very successful live entertainment producer. He’s a creative genius, not as an artist, but as a business person and an impresario. He sees more ways of getting people excited to be in the same building with a bunch of other people to see a show and pay big money for the privilege than most people — hell, almost anybody — sees. A short while back, he had a new production, and unlike most...

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