The Seven-Word Rule for Singers

Performance and Life with EricThe more you can train yourself to speak in short, crisp, powerful sentences, the bolder and braver you will become -says Eric Maisel

If you were to ask me what single quality you should cultivate in order to become successful as a performer, it would be boldness.

So, how can you become bolder? On a tactical level, you effectively become bolder just by saying things strongly, clearly, and briefly.

Along these lines, you might want to adopt the seven-word rule: speak your mind in seven or fewer words.

This will prevent you from apologizing, meandering, dithering, and in other ways weakening yourself!

What might employing this rule sound like? All of the following:

7 Word Statements

* I want to perform in your club.
* I want you to produce my album.
* Please play this as I wrote it.
* I can’t come to Boise in April.
* Unfortunately the bridge still isn’t working.
* I’d like to negotiate the band’s price.
* I’d rather go on first than last.
* I’m going with these twelve songs.
* I agree, I didn’t sing well tonight.
* I’ll listen but I won’t be insulted.
* I’m afraid I have to let you go.
* Give me a try and I’ll deliver.
* I’ll have that song ready by Thursday.
* I can no longer collaborate with you.
* If you keep drinking, we’re quits.
* Stop telling me I have no chance.
* That song is perfect for me.
* Can you reduce your studio rates?
* Can I play your club in June?
* I need the orchestration to be jazzier.
* I would love to sing with you!
Etc.

Of course this isn’t set in concrete: sometimes you will have to use a few more. But you get the idea.

The more you can train yourself to speak in short, crisp, powerful sentences, the bolder and braver you will become. Give it a try!

Eric Maisel’s latest book for performers is Secrets of a Creativity Coach. You can learn more about it here. Visit Dr. Maisel at www.ericmaisel.com


  • Roojam

    Let me try,,….The more you drink, the better we sound!

    I’ll keep practicing.