July 9, 2014

How the Arts Influence Business, Inspiration

What Comedian Dave Chappelle Can Teach Us about Business

Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Re-Post from our sister site, Mpact PR, LLC

Last month, Dave Chappelle returned to the stage after a seven-year hiatus to complete a 10-day, sold out run at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Here are five takeaways that are applicable to business:

1) Be Authentic –Dave Chappelle had noticeably bulked up from his usual, wiry frame, but he was still ‘that guy’ who has made us laugh with his keen observations of life’s occurrences. Generally private about his family, he peppered his set with jokes about his wife and kids, which is reflective of his comfort levels today. Stay true to yourself and your craft.

2) Listen to your Audience—Initially, Chappelle started out with five shows, but when tickets sold out within minutes, he added five more dates, and some shows would be accompanied by musical guests we know he loves including: Nas, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and others. Kanye West made a surprise appearance one evening, and in all, sixty-thousand tickets were sold. This goes back to basic elements of supply and demand—when you know and listen to your audience, you can give them what they want, and everyone benefits.

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