I love this guitarist on the corner with the sign that says, “To eat for today one must play for the meal. You Pay. Thank you.”
Five communication lessons I had reinforced from this:
– Be direct–he is right to the point…he plays, you pay–that’s the deal.
– Be clear–the writing is large, the letters are distinct, and easy to read…you get it!
– Be concise–the message fits on a small cardboard…no rambling placards, just the message next to the guitar case for collecting the money.
– Be purposeful–he states the reason for his being there right up front…he’s hungry and is willing to work for it!
– Be courteous–he ends with a nice thank you that is set off to the side in script.
If his playing is half as good as his message…he’s earned his meal. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)