Something New

Something New

There is an old saying, "You need to get out more often." I use the line when people applaud something silly. It is a set up, and someone applauds 99.9% of the time. I believe that is also true for our creativity. If you sit in front of a...

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ConVENTion Countdown

ConVENTion Countdown

The Vent Haven ConVENTion registration opens at 3:00 PM EST on Wednesday, July 12th. We are counting down the seconds - join us!  

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Improving Your Brand

Improving Your Brand

This summer's Vent Haven International conVENTion has the theme of Improvement. Mark Wade asked me to present a lecture, which we titled Improving Your Brand. Most people think of a brand as a professional marketing tool. It distinguishes one...

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What Does It Take To Go “Pro”? – Revisited

What Does It Take To Go “Pro”? – Revisited

In August of 2015, Mark Wade published a post here on the Maher blog about what it takes to go pro. It has been almost two years since Mark shared that post, so I thought I would look back and add some thoughts of my own. Ventriloquism is fun....

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Finding Comfort Outside Your “Comfort Zone”

Finding Comfort Outside Your “Comfort Zone”

Today we have a guest post by Mark Wade that I'd like to share with you: An old adage goes "Behold the turtle..he makes no progress until he sticks out his neck!” And we could use that same analogy when it comes time for all of us to be...

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2017 Vent Haven ConVENTion Preview

2017 Vent Haven ConVENTion Preview

What will be happening this summer in Hebron, KY? What changes have been made to the upcoming Vent Haven ConVENTion. I bring on the ConVENTion's executive director, Mark Wade to discuss everything that is happening at the Marriott Hotel this summer from...

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Are You Ready For Success?

Are You Ready For Success?

If you listen to the gurus of success, many tell you to study a successful person and emulate their patterns. Don't reinvent the wheel, get a leg up by doing something that obviously works. Successful people usually get to where they are thanks...

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When Do You Practice?

When Do You Practice?

Everyone is busy. It can be hard to carve out time to play. Ventriloquism should be fun and playful. You are more likely to do things you enjoy than something that frustrates you. It is important to understand the difference between practice...

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How To Get Shows

How To Get Shows

Last week I talked about the trouble with assuming there is a limited amount of work available. It isn't true. Events happen every day. Yes, they even happen near your location. You just need to open your eyes to the fact. I talked briefly...

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