In-Depth Post #4

Starting to get close to in-depth night! I need to start organizing a final presentation, so I’m trying to recruit somebody to sing while I play the guitar onstage. I need to find a song that generally avoids the F chord, as I have a lot of trouble playing it, and can be sung easily within the human vocal range.  I have contacted a few people to try and see who is willing to work with me, but this is hard to achieve as I am not yet sure what song I will be playing. To be honest, I keep delaying that selection, which I shouldn’t do as the in-depth date keeps getting closer and closer.

With my mentor, I’m basically just repeating the practice I’ve done in the past weeks, to try and perfect my skills. I’m worried that by the time In-depth night comes, I won’t be ready to present, as I’m not making as much progress as I would have liked. I think I need to practice a lot more on my own time if I want to have a chance at properly improving my skills before in-depth.

I haven’t yet fully memorized a song (including the melody notes) like I said I would in my last blog post, so overall, I get the feeling that I am falling a bit behind. Like previously noted, I will practice more at home over the next few weeks, but I am nevertheless worried that my initial in-depth goals might have been too ambitious. I will update these goals and have a new set of goals I will begin to work towards by next week.

How to have a beautiful mind:

How to listen:

I think that one of the most important elements of listening is putting aside your own beliefs briefly and keeping an open mind to the person you are listening to. Many times, people won’t listen to things such as debates or discussions because they will not be willing to accept other’s beliefs and budge from their own. Therefore, they will somewhat deafen themselves to the other person’s point of view, which can make listening very hard. You need to take yourself out of your own shoes briefly, and try and take their point of view, ask fishing questions, and when it is your turn to speak, then you may voice your own opinion.

How to ask questions:

It’s very important to walk into a mentorship meeting with a brief list of questions that you will ask during the meeting. Personally, I find that if I don’t record these questions before entering the meeting, they will slip my mind as I’m trying to learn new things, and I’ll only remember them after leaving the mentorship session. When asking the question, you need to make sure there is a lot of space for creativity and personal opinion in the answer. What I mean by this is that if you had a question that could be answered with a simple yes/no, there isn’t much value in asking your mentor, unless it’s very relevant to the moment. Questions like this could be answered through the comment. What you want to instead do is ask questions that regard your mentor’s personal opinions and values, as this will overall give you the most in-depth insight from your mentor, and its how you will benefit the most from asking questions.

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