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Ever notice how faster things move these days? How easy it is to acquire something, and how much the people that supply us with those somethings try to reduce the friction?
Like Amazon now delivering most things next day to Prime members? Or how quickly a pizza can be baked in modern, conveyor-belt ovens?
But you may have also noticed how we don’t really remember the way something that we acquire quickly tasted, or felt, or created change. Stuff we get in a hurry is often…forgettable.
What about substituting the urge to hurry with the urge to be as slow as we need to be? What if we value effectiveness over efficiency?
Hope this helps!
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The False Nobility Of The Struggle
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The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired
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Don’t Confuse Price With Value
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The Two Things Most Talent Try to Accomplish Way Too Soon
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The Curse of Knowledge
The Trick Charlie Munger Uses To Make Better Decisions
Everyone’s A Customer, Not Just Your Customers
“What do you mean, you’re a ‘process guy’?”
Pay Attention To Your Storytelling, Not Removing Your Breaths
How To Conquer FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
The Problem In Every Commercial Script
The Job In Every Commercial Script
The Secret In Every Commercial Script
How To Pick Your Stage Name
Voice Over Is REALLY Hard. Until It Isn’t.
Helping Make Resolutions Stick
ACX Jobs: They’re ALL SAG-AFTRA-Friendly
Non-Union? You Can Still Open An AFTRA H&R Account. What?
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Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like
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My Insane Backup System Plus Two Helpful Tips
What Open Loops Are And Why They Work So Well
Two More Things For Which You Can Use Open Loops
Three Things Not To Say Or Do…When Trying To Learn Something New
Front Burner and Back Burner Project Management
How To Properly List The Accents and Dialects You Perform
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 1)
My SAG-AFTRA Presentation On VO Demos (Part 2)
A Simple, One-Word Decision-Making Question To Ask Yourself
How You Can Use The MVP Model As A Performer
How Lazy Can You Be?
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The Robocall Equivalent Of Unsubscribe
Saying Goodbye To A “Failure”
Making Your Links Irresistible
HTTPS Is Not Just For Banks – It’s For You
The Threat That Made Me Create a New Page For LAME
The Resource You Must Guard Most Carefully
How New Media Is Using The Oldest Ad Model Ever
“You Could Be Hit By A Bus!”
Killing Customers With Kindness
I Found Out What She Was Podcasting About
How I Answered Voices.com’s Inquiry
Turning Mountains Into Molehills
Motivation: Your Three Big Needs In A Cool Little Package
Go Ahead. Multitask. But Try It Like This.
The Prodigy Game Doesn’t Deserve This Treatment
I Don’t Want To Go Blind
What Fair Markets Are, And Why Voices.com Isn’t One
Trevor’s Three A’s From Apple On Killing Customers With Kindness
Getting Ready vs. Getting Started
You’ll Never Believe Who Got Rejected By Harvard
There Is No Failure, Only Feedback
Who Is Your Most Dangerous Adversary?
73 Videos In, My First Hater Appears
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The Crazy Backward Way IKEA Prices Their Stuff
Voices.com Complained To YouTube That I Violated Their Privacy
The Gig Economy: RIP?
For Your Health: Not Perfect. Just Better.
Celebrate Your Isolation!
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The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds
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Audible Retail Samples: Why They Suck And Why It Doesn’t Really Matter
How To Voice Copy That’s Set In Italics
Dyslexia, And The Palindromic Poem. The Wha?
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“Young People Are Just Smarter.”
The Real Purpose Of The “Can You Hear Me?” Phone Scam
Beware Of Overkill
Laying Down The Perfect Slate
An AMA Preview: The Word “Ethnic” – A Slur, Or An Essential Adjective?
10 Rules of Profitable Self Discipline from Napoleon Hill
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 1)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 2)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 3)
AMA (Ask Me Anything): Here Are The Answers (Part 4)
AMA Answers Part 5 Plus A Medical Warning
Last AMA Answers (#6): Gear, Services and Success
A 7-Word Reminder: “Don’t correct people when it matters little.”
Do You Have A Plan? And Is It The Right One?
What’s Your Next Big Move? Are You Ready?
Build Your Future On Your Own Platform, Not Someone Else’s
I’m Leaving Facebook: Why Groups and FB Live No Longer Spark Joy
Time To Accept That I’ve Failed At Something – Happily
Crowdfunding Without The Internet: Pulitzer And The Statue Of Liberty
The Amazing Power Of Recognition And Badging
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Why Podcasting And Radio Are Out Of Whack
Value Enthusiasm, But Value Persistence More
Ten Ways To Make Money With Podcasts Besides Ads
One Quick Question To Find Out How Important Something Actually Is
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Why Not Wade? And…Why Not You?
Audiobook Narrators: How Paymasters Work, And The One I Recommend
Why Gen Z And Millennials’ Love For Audiobooks Is Crucial
American Idol: It’s All About Story, Not Just Singing
Less Beating Yourself Up, More Talking Yourself Up
Resist Oversharing. Instead, Start A Dialogue.
Vocal Care: It’s All About What Works For You
3 Biases You Should Be Aware Of
3 More Biases You Should Also Be Aware Of
Wow. People Really Grokked Biases. Let’s Tackle Fallacies.
Three More Fallacies You Need To Watch For
What’s Your Imprint?
Fallacy Follies, Volume 3
Two Last Big Creativity-Crippling Fallacies
Fail Sooner To Succeed Sooner
A New Lead Source For Performers: Voice Assistants And Smart Speakers
A Great Way To Handle Trolls and Haters
Quantity Does Not Usually Equal Quality
Is Facebook Truly A Monopoly? No More Than Microsoft Was.
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A Strange Aspect To Performing That Should Be Cause For Protest, But Isn’t
Want To Grow? Don’t Go It Alone.
How Am I Doing? I’m Gobsmacked. That’s How Am I Doing.
Why I Give My Agents 10% Of Everything
Not Just Explainer Videos, But Video That Explain Things Spectacularly
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The Even Cheaper AT-2020 USB Plus Microphone?
Fred Willard (and Billy West) On Quickly Creating Authentic VO Characters
Leo Makes Your Searching Spectacular
On Asking For Things Performers Can’t Do
How To Battle The Urge of “Efficiency”
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Changing Audacity’s Sampling Rate To 48,000 Hz
10 Words Of Encouragement When You’re Stuck
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and I just marvel at how quickly I can
get stuff from Amazon these days I’m a
prime member and they recently committed
to doing Next Day Delivery for
everything they possibly can if you’re a
Prime member Brent remember when it was
free two-day delivery remember when it
was expedited delivery like you know
they they’ve just gotten faster and
faster and faster and it made me think
about how sometimes when we do things
really quickly when we hurry up and get
something done or hurry up and acquire
something or hurry up and get a process
going and hurry up to the solution it’s
often probably more often than not less
satisfying and less effective then not
being plotting and slow but just taking
the appropriate amount of time we
sometimes tend to value speed above all
especially when it comes to deal flow in
our business you know getting things
done right away
I even I’ve espoused it in a number of
these videos and also when I teach
people how to do auditions I don’t want
them to go so slow and be so studied
about all the different takes that they
do I want them to get to the good stuff
as quickly as possible it’s not because
I want you to do things quickly just for
doing things quickly sake what I want
you to do is train yourself to be able
to be confident in your ability to make
bold choices appropriate choices faster
so that you can take advantage of the
number of opportunities that we all have
is voice over talent and if you’re on
camera and you’re getting a lot of
opportunities there same thing it takes
a lot longer to do an on-camera audition
but if you can do more of them because
you make those bolder choices faster you
can take advantage of the numbers I
bring this up only because I think
sometimes we fall into the
of the idea of if I just do something if
I do anything if I just get something
done that’s great but the truth of the
matter is is that just getting anything
done is not the same as getting one
particular thing one effective thing
done we sometimes spin our wheels and
we’re active but we’re not productive
we’re not you know getting to the
outcome that we want we’re just telling
ourselves well I did that I mean I don’t
know whether it was effective or not but
I did that at least I did something
and I’m not sure that’s really what we
should value I think that quality really
has to have an upper hand over speed in
fact that’s why when I created the stair
step method and when I teach that method
of audio book narration and recording
and production and mastering to my
students every step along the way I
wanted to speed things up but the moment
I got to something that sped things up
but also harmed the eventual quality of
what I was doing I stopped I didn’t want
to do that I didn’t want to make that a
part of the process and I think we
sometimes forget that we come up with a
more efficient way of doing things
but it isn’t necessarily an effective
way I don’t have any big takeaway here
other than consider taking your time
being thoughtful as opposed to at all
costs being hell-bent to save time and
save energy and be quick and be in a
hurry think about you know the idea that
when you get a pizza in one of those
ovens and it only takes three and a half
minutes to cook and you wolf it down
because you got to get back to work how
much of that do you remember right don’t
you remember those those meals that take
a while to make and you smell them as
they’re cooking and yeah you know those
cookies that are baking for 12 minutes
or 15 minutes as opposed to the ones
that are instantly available to you I
just think there’s some value to the
enjoying the process appropriately I’m
not saying push things off and be slow
for being slow sake
I mean don’t dive specifically for being
fast dive for being effective that’s
really what what what makes me happy is
when I’m effective no matter how long it
certainly I’m a fan of saving time where
I can but not if it affects the quality
of the outcome that’s something I really
want to pay attention to tell me what
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for the last few minutes and gone what
are you talking about or did something
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