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Taking classes once is an effort for some people. (You wouldn’t believe the percentage of people who sign up for my courses, pay good money, and then never take a class.)
But if you want results, your minimum effort requires that you actually take the class.
What you do with the information you learn after you take the class makes all the difference in your success. And one very easy step you have the option of taking is a real game-changer.
Hope this helps!
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How To Be A World Class Complainer
The False Nobility Of The Struggle
Watch Out – The Rules Are Going To Change
“Show Me The Secret, Daddy!”
Coaching vs Consulting vs Facilitating
The Perils of Live Performance And Why Jeremy Kappell Should Not Have Been Fired
Let’s Welcome To The Stage…Failure!
Don’t Confuse Price With Value
Whiteboards In The Hallways
Go Wake Up Your Luck
Playing and Planning
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?
Who Says You Need To “Feel Like It?”
Are You Engaged?
Your Day Job Might Just Be Worth Keeping For A Bit Longer
Want To Learn Something Really Well? Teach It To Others
Don’t Confuse What Works With What You Like
The Lost Keys And The Microphone In My Elevator
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?
Avoid The Struggle Porn
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
If You’re The Smartest Person In The Room, Do This ASAP
Your Glasses And Crucial Laptop Positioning Info
One More Insanely Over-engineered Piece Of Gear: My UPS
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!
Mr. Wonderful Is Actually More Wonderful Than I Thought
Let’s Finally Close The Digital Literacy Gender Gap
The Guaranteed Way To Completely Avoid Criticism
The Two Things People Judge About You Within Seconds
Are You Committed? Or Just…Interested?
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?
Increase Your Chances Of Being Seen And Heard On Facebook
Jamie Has Some Thoughts About Fiverr
Is Simply Discouraging Distracted Driving Enough?
“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
Might We Have A Possible Cause For Alzheimer’s?
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
The Workflow For Producing These Videos (So Far) Part 1
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.
Fear Of The Unknown, Or The Day Before My Surgery
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
Mental Floss To The Rescue: Skills You Can Pick Up On YouTube
What’s Better Than Willpower? Grit.
Regarding Apple’s App Store: Be Careful What You Wish For, Pepper
Of COURSE You Wonder What Porter’s Five Forces Are. Who Doesn’t?
Don’t Waste Your Time: Talk Shows Aren’t Meant To Be Fair
Sooner Or Later, I’m Really Going To Tick You Off
Just Because You Can Do Something Doesn’t Mean You Should
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Pattern Interruption And The Musicality Of Voice Over
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Increase Your VO Accuracy, And You’ll Increase Your VO Profits
Age Range Isn’t Really A Valid Metric For VO
What Is The Overton Window?
How To Stop Jealousy From Killing Your Progress
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What A Lovely Thing To Discover: Praise From CourVO
I Figured Out What I Provide: The Onboarding Performers Don’t Get
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The Struggle Of Announcer-y Versus Non-Announcer-y Voice Over
How My VAs Support Me And My Team
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The Often “Most Difficult” Concept I Teach
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Don’t Mistake The Joy Of Knowing For The Joy Of Doing
Why Giving Yourself Some Simple Homework Can Be Life-Changing
One Weird Trick I Do That Makes My Note-Taking Superhuman
The Worst Thing About The Biggest Money-Making Entertainment Category
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How To Create Useful, Organized Audition File Names
Where To Find Related PDFs For Audiobooks on Audible
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“Serves You Right!” She Actually Has No Idea How Right.
Create A Safe Environment For Self-Improvement
Why I Use One Single Channel For Crucial Communication
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”
One More Best-Of-Breed Way To Brilliantly Complain
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
Why You Must Wear Headphones When Recording
Two Cases Where You Might Not Want To Simply “Follow Your Passion”
Having Fun With Headphone Volume
Please Stop Rushing To Perform
Something To Consider: Everyone’s Internal Menu
One Crazy Key To Creativity: Pure, Unadulterated Boredom
For The Sheer Joy Of It
The Most Commonly Consumed Media Is…!
What’s Dangerous For Us To Care About
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Wait, Wait…What? They Actually Listened?!
Why You Should Take The Same Classes Twice
How Your Character’s Menu Informs Your Performance Choices
What Shouldn’t Be Your Metric For VO Success
Someone Awesome Who’s Also Rising To A 365-Day Challenge
Union Or Not, Start With Union Rates
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The Root Words of “Typecast”
Avoid That One Obvious “That Worked” Sound We Make
Why Union Members Can Audition For Non-Union Work
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I Can’t Do One Thing I’m Asked To Do Every Single Day
One Of Your Secret Weapons: Agility
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The Difference Between Mansplaining and Advice?
Project X Is Just About Ready. I’m A Bit Giddy.
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hey there it’s David H Lawrence the 17th
and I wanted to share with you something
that popped into my head
as I was going through a tour of Project
X with one of the coaches we were
looking at the course area that I’m
building and it occurred to me because
of the way classes show your progress
when you take classes if it’s a
well-designed course if it’s a
online class every lesson every topic
every subject that you watch take read
deal with maybe take a quiz about and
complete should count in your favor in
your progress meter right as you as you
watch that bar grow across the screen or
watch that circle fill in for your
progress so it occurred to me because I
happen to know how many people sign up
for my Pro Series and other classes that
I take and the ACX master class and
never actually take a course they never
actually attend the class watch a video
read a lesson they don’t and I get that
sometimes that’s part of it like for
example our summertime version when we
do it of the ACX master class it’s
designed to take at your pace and your
leisure and we know that during the
summer people are on vacation and they
have trips and they have other things
that they’re doing but at some point if
you want the results if you want to at
least have the opportunity to get
results from what you learn in a class
you have to take the class right and
some people don’t do it a pretty amazing
percentage of people don’t do it they
pay their money they sign up and they
check it off their bucket list as if
they’ve completed the course and the
danger there for me is that they don’t
even take the course and then they look
back and they go oh that wasn’t very
effective for me at all yeah because you
taking the course is one thing what you
do with what you learn is really what
makes all the difference because you can
you know watch the videos while you’re
checking your email and you know doing
other things and kind of have it on in
the background and it doesn’t really
stick but if you really pay attention to
what you’re doing and then you do
something with what we teach you that’s
gonna make all the difference as to
whether or not you’ll have any success
with what we teach at all but what
occurred to me is that there is one more
thing that you can do that you always
have the option of doing with our
classes with any other class there’s no
class in the universe that once you take
it you can’t take it again so what I
suggest you do and there’s a really good
reason why what I suggest you do is take
the class and even if you’ve got a lot
out of it wait a while and take the
class again now how long you should wait
who knows a day a week a month a year
whatever it is but go back and take the
class again and here’s why when you
first get information when you’re first
learning something in a class you really
can’t have any idea about the hierarchy
of importance like what am i watching
here that is really important
what am i watching here that is just
kind of adjacent material what am i
watching here that’s just you know the
teacher joking around what what is it
that is important that is really
interesting but after you’ve used it for
a while after you’ve gone through the
class and then tried to apply it for a
while then all of a sudden the framework
and the hierarchy of what’s important
what is necessary to you what you can
really use more in-depth training on and
so on becomes apparent and if you take
the class again there’s a very good
chance that you’ll find that what you
need more of is already in the class I
know when I design my classes I design
it with the idea of the person knows
nothing even if it’s an advanced class
and I bring them up to speed on certain
things and you tend to fly by those
things when you watch things first
but if you go back and take a look at a
class that you’ve already done and then
take it again all the way through as if
you’re a fresh student it’s amazing what
you pick up I actually had a
conversation with my client Chris who is
in the process of doing that right now
with all 36 classes in the pro
collection and he’s finding all kinds of
stuff that he didn’t see before and he’s
finding stuff that he thought about how
do I do that oh there it is there it is
in the class so my advice to you is if
you buy a class take the class for sure
do something with the class and then
after you’ve been working with the
information for a while take the class a
second third time take it again and
watch how cool it is to see stuff that
you didn’t see the first time or didn’t
remember seeing the first time that is
really useful to you is this new to you
is there something that you’ve done in
the past is this something what else
what other tips do you have for getting
the most out of classes certainly
getting the most out of my classes but
any class have you ever done that have
you taken an online class and then taken
it again let me know in the comments
below especially if you’re on vo to go
go comm soon with project decks I’ll be
giving you a different place to go but
leave a comment that’s where the the the
conversation is saying and moderated and
I’d love to know what your thoughts are
about classes and and taking classes and
buying classes and getting the most out
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xvii I thank you so much for watching
maybe a second time and I will talk to