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Commander’s Intent part 2 – making sure chapters are strong on the fundamentals

"Some people try to find things in this game that don't exist, but football is only two things - blocking and tackling." -- Vince Lombardi, ESPN's Coach of the Century Thanks everyone who responded to our Commanders Intent post last month. We discussed how an army commander ensures his forces cannot lose sight of the core objective and then we asked you to fill in the blank, "If a chapter does ...
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Pep talks? PSHAW! Better than 85% percent chance of sunnier days ahead

I’m about to launch into what amounts to a pep talk, and I hate pep talks. They don’t work for me. The emotions fade quickly, and then I’m left with the same circumstances and no more solutions than I had before. I’m left even more cynical. Don’t give me a pile of shiny, trite mantras that don’t point me where to go next. I’m not pretending to have all the answers here, so why am I even writing ...
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Orders for victory! “If our chapters do nothing else, they must ____?”

This is a VERY important post—so important that staff will be meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 to discuss your replies. It's a little long, but worth it. If you can fill in the above blank without hesitation, you probably misunderstood the question. Read on, your answer will require some pondering. Your answers could also help focus staff, Society, district and chapter efforts for years to come. ...
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Media Gumbo – Click these tasty links to barbershop news on the Net

Check out these links: Jim Henry, director of 2009 International Chorus Champs the Ambassadors of Harmony, got interviewed on a morning TV news program about the recent championship. Vocal Spectrum also did a number of commercial cut-ins and cut-outs for the show (no Vocal Spectrum video available) A great feature on choir singing that includes Great Northern Union, on Minnesota Public Radio....
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Before it’s too late: who needs to have an official Society interview?

A sensitive topic here, because we don't need to eulogize people who are still with us! But I need to come out and ask this: Who are some of the barbershop icons that we need to talk to and interview now, just in case we never get the chance again? (more…)
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Choir of THE WORLD! – Westminster Chorus tops all at Llangollen!

Justin Miller, what have you done? A week after he competed in the collegiate contest in Anaheim, Justin and 35 members of Westminster Chorus took on a bunch of much older directors with much longer resumes and were the overall winners of prestigious Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod 2009. About 4,000 singers and dancers from 50 nations competed. Watch the announcement of their win here ...
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Q&A on The Harmonizer magazine

Let's answer some frequently asked questions about The Harmonizer: When am I getting my next edition of The Harmonizer? It's in the mail. (I finished it earlier in the week while we were in Ahaheim, so unfortunately, the staff didn't have time to copy edit a couple of sections!) You'll probably have it sometime this week, unless you're in Canada, in which case you're getting it when Canada's p...
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A new chapter is forming nearby — OH NO!!!

Picture that happening to you. Suddenly, a small group of experienced barbershoppers want to start a new chapter in a neighboring city. SINKING GUT FEELING #1. "What will we ever do?"  This is a totally factual story (as best as my memory and our records might provide). You might be surprised by the result. (more…)
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How do you sell more tickets to your annual show?

Society Music Specialist Mike O'Neill, has submitted a short compilation of great tips for selling more tickets to your annual show: Is your annual chapter show a sellout every year?  Is there someone in your chapter that is a wizard at selling 50-100 tickets without breaking a sweat? What are the tricks of the barbershop ticket selling trade?  Discuss some of your success stories and help othe...
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How can we better recognize our off-stage achievers?

What gets measured gets rewarded. Our Society has a great system to find and honor the groups that put the best product on stage every year -- and there are a million good reasons to continue to honor these achievers. We're also getting better at recognizing the best recruiters among us. (When Roger Lewis was Society president, he recognized the best recruiters on the international stage, somet...
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