35 Things Learned in 35 Years # 11

11) You can learn a new trick from almost anyone

For all these many years, I have yet to meet anyone that didn’t have something to teach me.

It took several years when the Party Machine was starting out, to learn to learn, from everyone I encounter.

Good ideas are everywhere!

This especially applies to my professional peers – other DJs. Because this service is complex and has so many variables, it often forces DJs, sound men, and light techs to innovate. Through the years I have learned tricks from both rookies and old salts.

And it’s not just technical tricks, either. I have picked up amazing ideas from caterers, decorators, and photographers. I keep notes from Party Machine events about simple and elegant ways to make a ballroom or party venue look and feel spectacular.

Ever see a good idea that seemed really simple, and wonder, “Now why didn’t I think of that?”

So I pay careful attention, and constantly innovate, improve, streamline and integrate fresh thinking and new ideas.

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