Mar 14, 2018
This episode first aired in July 2017:
Drawing on lessons learned while losing at pool, Ryan shares what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset as a choir director. You will hear strategies about how to win at pool, how to lose at pool, and how to embarrassingly injure a friend during pool (with a step by step guide in the show notes). You will also hear why it is so important that we mindfully choose which kind of game we are going to play, which entrepreneurial super-skills you already posses, and how to avoid the traps that prevent you from being the real thing.
Highlight to Tweet: “If your win is a standing ovation, you need a bigger win” - Ryan Guth
Concert Programs = Graphic Design
Press releases = PR
Concerts = Event planning
Working one-on-one with a student who’s more invested than the others = Coaching
Talking to parents = Counseling/Negotiation
Sending detailed emails so your students do what you need them to do = Copywriting
Making resources for students like practice tracks = content marketing
Updating your “teacher page” = web design
Creating and upholding the rules in your choir handbook = Contracts
Making an itinerary for your choir’s trip to Disney World = Travel planning
Budgeting = Budgeting
Picking the uniforms = fashion design
Knows his/her own
Stands for something
Focused on personal growth and learning.
Places the greatest value on helping others before themselves.
Knows other people's “Why”
Takes ego out of the equation
Confident in his/her unique value proposition to the world.
Listening to haters and
It’s a long game, and a numbers game. You have to get through your “no’s.”
“Good” concerts are part of the process. They aren’t all great.
Worrying about things outside your control.
Comparing yourself to others
When you get close to success, imposter syndrome tries to shut you down.
The biggest pitfall is sometimes the smallest one: small goals that produce small wins
Having spent most of his middle
and high school career in detention, Ryan Guth loves to speak to
audiences about ways for choral directors to engage the seemingly
un-engageable. Ryan learned fearlessness and indomitable spirit
from a young age through many years studying the martial arts while
also pursuing music – especially the time in middle school when he
tried to break a board with his head in front his entire ninth
grade class and failed spectacularly.
He believes the best choir directors face challenges head-on (no pun intended), are solutions-oriented, and take full responsibility forall aspects of their program. Ryan’s most popular and surprisingly positive article “Your Choir Sucks Because You Suck” was shared over 2,200 times in 48 hours, and has since become his manifesto, mantra, and the platform that his work was built upon.
Through his first podcast, Find
Your Forte, Ryan connected thousands of weekly listeners with some
of the most brilliant minds in choral music such as Helmuth
Rilling, Patrick Quigley, Joseph Flummerfelt, James Bass, and
80-plus others. He recognizes the fact we become the best when we
learn from the best.
Ryan Guth recently created the
Choir Ninja podcast to share solutions with middle and high school
choral directors so they learn to work smarter – not harder. That’s
why he focuses on sharing what works in choral programs across
Choir Nation in a way that makes running a great choral program
approachable, fun, and rewarding.
When not dressing up in his
ninja jammies or buffing his diploma from Westminster Choir
College, Ryan is a high school choir director in Albuquerque, New
Mexico. Before that, he spent a decade building a large middle
school program and
six-figure-choral-ensemble-based-for-profit-business in central New
Jersey. He is also the founder and sole member of the Hyphenation
Club of America.
Ryan will be the keynote speaker at the Iowa Choral Directors Association Annual Summer Symposium, a presenter at the Chorus America Convention in the Summer of 2017, and a guest speaker at various other conferences and workshops throughout the year.
Ryan enjoys getting lost outdoors with his beautiful fiancé, Amanda, and pitbull-lab Sasha. He also dislikes socks and only wears them when absolutely necessary. This bio was sponsored by Gold Bond Powder.
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