SING!: Business and Life Lessons from the Karaoke Stage

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Have you ever dreamed of taking the stage in life? What's holding you back from achieving your goals and pursuing your dreams? The answer for many of us is that we just don't feel inspired by or connected to the work we do. Job satisfaction levels are depressingly low. We are way too busy and constantly feel stressed out. We struggle to keep up with our responsibilities, and as a result, we hardly ever make time for what we truly enjoy. Maybe it's a time for a fresh approach to the daily grind. Maybe instead of working for the weekend, we can bring the benefits of our free time back to the workplace. Maybe taking our fun seriously can make our careers seriously fun. Are you ready to step in the spotlight to find out what you're missing?

The message of SING! Business and Life Lessons from the Karaoke Stage will stretch your imagination, challenge your routine, and inspire you to change your approach to both work and play. Each section is full of short, easy-to-digest insights drawn from the author's life experiences, career-built business savvy, and 20 fun-filled years of stepping onstage at karaoke night. The book's introduction explores the way we settle for dissatisfaction in our working lives (or vocations) versus the way our hobbies and interests (or avocations) make us "light up," change our routine, connect with others, and experience a wide array of other benefits. Karaoke is the focal point of this phenomenon as an activity that brings fellow enthusiasts together for the love of music, fun with friends, and a chance to let loose. The main sections―themed around the advice to Step up to the challenge, Inspire yourself and others, develop a Nexus, and Go forward―draw clear connections between the value of doing fun activities well and succeeding in your career. The alliterative maxims within each section provide readers ideas and motivations to guide them and set the stage for a new perspective. Examples include detailed suggestions for how to Stare down fears, Invest time in what matters most, Narrow their focus to the essentials, and continue to Grow over a lifetime. 

Personal experience "spotlight" interviews with real-life karaoke enthusiasts are showcased throughout the book. Each individual’s story further illustrates the unique way karaoke can help even novices overcome their fear of failure, conquer stage-fright, build their confidence, boost their creativity, deepen relationships within their community, and go for goals they never imagined before. Practical business tips and expert advice will help the reader apply these lessons both to the workplace and to everyday life. The book incorporates numerous quotes and references to the works of leading thinkers, best-selling authors, business executives, comedians, entrepreneurs, creative professionals, entertainers, artists and musicians. Each section contains a list of questions for the reader's personal reflection and discussion opportunities, as well as goal-setting strategies and a themed "tracklist" to prepare for the perfect karaoke night.

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Steve Dragoo is a trusted advisor and trainer to some of America's foremost companies. As founder and president of Solutions Consulting, Inc., he helps clients tell their stories and develop winning strategies. Steve speaks and blogs about business by day and sings karaoke by night. His book “SING!” brings together anecdotes and practical ideas for a richer life and better work performance from his 30-plus-year career and 20 years on the Karaoke stage. Steve and his wife Nancy live in Nashville.

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"It's not about the karaoke, it's about your work on your stage and in your life. Listen to the good Groove Doctor, heed his lessons, and walk away inspired. And, perhaps, humming a tune."

(-B. Joseph "Joe" Pine II co-author, "The Experience Economy" and "Authenticity" (cited by TIME magazine as one of “10 ideas that are changing the world”) and author, "Mass Customization"; co-founder, Strategic Horizons LLP)

"I love Steve Dragoo's approach:  just Sing! SING! is music to God's ears. SING! is a catalyst in schools, churches and businesses to create breakthrough thinking and higher levels of achievement! Breakthrough thinking begins with a still small voice. When you vocalize your inner voice so that others can truly hear you - then everyone wins with SING!” 

(- Darrin Gray: Director, National Partnerships, All Pro Dad and co-author, The Jersey Effect)

Steve Dragoo is onto something big. He has managed to enrich and enlarge his own life and business career, and then pass it on to you in a manner that is as enjoyable as it is compelling. Sing! is a fun read with a highly applicable life lesson in every chapter. I have read a lot about diet and exercise, but I have never read anything this good about something that I enjoy doing and is good for me as well. Who would have known that the Karaoke stage could tell us so much about ourselves and others while we were having such a good time doing it?

(- Joe Davis, Retired President of Salem Media Corp Radio Division)

I believe we all need a little push sometimes to get up and go for our dreams. In this book Steve delivers a process or roadmap to help you to go after your aspirations or dreams. He will get you to S.I.N.G., write, speak or create whatever has been waiting inside of you to come out.

(- Michael J. Eardley, President/CEO, International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association)

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