Clean Slate Debrief: Thank You, Victoria!

Clean Slate Debrief: Thank You, Victoria!

Didn’t you have a great time at Clean Slate Victoria?

And if you couldn’t make it, don’t you wish you could have been there to see it all?

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who showed the slightest bit of interest in this unique upstart. You’re amazing!

But that’s not all… We’ve got a ton of goodies for you posted below, including photos, videos, PDFs, slides, and more. So, let’s get right to it.

Clean Slate… The Event That Almost Never Was

I had a vision for Clean Slate in July 2023 and began planning for it in September of the same month. Everything was going smoothly until the featured artist that I was hoping to bring into the fold decided that the event wasn’t for her.

By October, I had burned out completely, to the point where I didn’t want to get out of bed let alone go outside to do errands. I became a hermit.

Toward the end of November, we thought we had nailed down a venue. But the date that we were hoping to book in January wasn’t available. We started looking elsewhere because the venue informed us that they were getting booked up fast.

But the whole time, I did not stop planning for the event. I kept the conversations moving forward.

And somehow, against all odds, my vision became a reality on February 16, 2024.

We love you and we wish you all the best in your life, in your work, and in your creativity. Of course, we hope to see you at the next event, too!

Media

There’s an array of media we generated for and from the event. We’ve compiled it all to share it with you here. Enjoy!

Introduction Video

Here’s the introduction video from the event (we had some hiccups getting it to work on the night of the performance, but it works perfectly via YouTube).

Event Photos

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Event Videos





Clean Slate Merchandise

The Clean Slate merchandise was unfortunately delayed in transit, and we couldn’t share it with you at the event. But now everything is safely in our possession.

Clean Slate merchandise

If you’re in the Greater Vancouver area, I can set aside any of these items for you for the next time I see you (you can e-transfer me). Just let me know.

Or you can always order online.

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

I read from the first two chapters of the brand-new Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook at Clean Slate, and it was a BIG hit!

Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook

I have a few paperback copies in my possession, and I can set aside one for you for the next time I see you (you can e-transfer me). Just let me know.

Or you can always order online and get yourself a hardcover copy.

Makeshift Romance EP

Makeshift Romance EP by David Andrew Wiebe

My latest music release, Makeshift Romance EP is available everywhere. Click on the link below to listen to it on your favorite streaming site.

Makeshift Romance EP

The Misadventures of Axl Brunson

We launched four episodes of The Misadventures of Axl Brunson at Clean Slate. You can watch all of them below.

Episode 1: Axl Fails at Selling

Episode 2: Axl Fails at Getting a Date

Episode 3: Axl Fails at Working Out

Episode 4: Axl Fails at Living in Idaho

Slides

Here are the slides from the event (they include acknowledgements), in case you’d like to look them over:

Clean Slate Victoria Slides by David Andrew Wiebe on Scribd

Downloadable Form

I printed order forms and QR code sheets for the event in case you were interested in ordering anything from my catalog (which includes CDs, books, newsletters, courses, coaching programs, and merchandise).

I’ve upgraded this downloadable form to include graphics, descriptions, and links all in one! Enjoy.

Download the Order Form

Fresh Start Ultra Pack

You may have missed this at the event (I heard you were maybe out eating or dancing?), but there is an opportunity to look at it again.

I created a short video presentation to share the Fresh Start Ultra Pack with you. Enjoy.

Click here to learn more about the Fresh Start Ultra Pack

Acknowledgments

Thank you to Karlo, Lena, Brandon Phillips, Jody Lubin (and his band), The Deadly Hiyas, Patrikus, the Victoria Event Centre, and everyone who attended and supported the event!

Sponsors

We could not have done this without you! A much deserved “We’re not worthy!” goes out to our sponsors:

We're Not Worthy

Final Thoughts

Did Clean Slate Victoria deliver everything you hoped it would? Is there anything you’d like to see from us next time? What was the most memorable moment for you?

Leave a comment below and let us know.

What Does ClickUp Brain Make Possible?

What Does ClickUp Brain Make Possible?

A few short months ago, I covered the launch of ClickUp AI. It turned out to be a godsend for helping me plan my event (I think we ended up booking the venue that the AI suggested) and brainstorming ideas for my new comedic video series.

Not content to stop there, though, ClickUp has introduced another upgrade that could revolutionize you, your team, or your company’s productivity – ClickUp Brain.

What is ClickUp Brain?

ClickUp Brain

ClickUp Brain is the first of its kind – an AI neural network that has its finger on the pulse of your team’s productivity.

The thing about productivity software is that no matter how well-acquainted you become with it, you can still easily end up losing track of specific tasks or documents. Digging for the information you need can be frustrating and can even result in efficiency losses.

That’s where ClickUp Brain has got your back. Let’s say you’re wondering what James was working on last week. ClickUp AI can tell you – all you need to do is ask!

Whether it’s what project to work on next, policy-related questions, or who belongs to what team, ClickUp Brain can offer contextual answers to your pressing project management questions.

If you’d like to see ClickUp Brain in action, click here.

What Are the Advantages of ClickUp AI?

With the addition of ClickUp Brain, which truly is like the brains of the operation, it makes leveraging ClickUp AI in pre-existing and new ways even more efficient. Here is what you can do with the AI:

Omnipresence

One of the coolest things about ClickUp Brain is that you can access it from anywhere within your Workspace. You can ask the AI whatever you want, and it will offer relevant information based on your role (and even location) in the company.

Writing Assistant

This should be a familiar function to anyone who has been experimenting with ClickUp AI. The write function lets you leverage custom prompts to generate relevant content, and of course you have the option of editing the output yourself or try again by offering the AI a tweaked prompt.

AI Tools

I feel like we need a better name for this – maybe “role-specific prompts?”

Either way, AI Tools is a writing assistant featuring 100+ prompts that have been crafted specifically for different roles in the company. The prompts are arranged by department, so you can’t miss.

Editing

It’s not shocking at this point, but it’s nice to know that you can ask AI to edit your content – whether personally generated or AI generated. You can ask it to improve the writing, fix spelling and grammar, make the content longer or shorter, or simplify your writing.

AI Standup

The AI can provide you with a list of tasks that have been worked on by your team at a frequency and in a format that makes sense for you.

Create Automations

If it wasn’t enough that you can find what you’re looking for with greater ease, ClickUp now allows you to automate certain tasks. All you need to do is set the Actions, Triggers, and Conditions, and the rest will take care of itself.

Create Subtasks

We all know that a task usually encompasses multiple steps. That means you usually end up having to lay out the steps specific team members are to take.

But now you can have AI generate subtasks for you, and it can figure it out for you with little more than the task name.

Create Tasks and Docs

There is no need to create Tasks and Docs manually anymore. You can have AI create them for you, and you can do it all from the ClickUp 3.0 toolbar.

Summarize Content

Whether it’s Tasks, Docs, updates, or even Inbox comments, you can have AI summarize key content for you.

Custom Fields

Custom Fields are handy for tracking specific things related to your company’s activities. The fun thing about ClickUp AI is you can have the AI generate task summaries and updates without ever having to open a task.

Task Comment Replies

Don’t want to reply to updates? This one is a little “out there,” though maybe it won’t be once we get our head wrapped around it. You can have AI help you create a reply by supplying a custom prompt to AI.

Email Replies

ClickUp AI can help you create replies to emails based on Tasks within your Workspace. Again, it’s simply a matter of supplying a prompt.

Transcribe Voice Clips

This is something you don’t even need to ask AI to do. It will automatically transcribe Voice Clips. The transcription is displayed underneath the comment.

Translate

Does your team require translations? No problem – ClickUp AI can handle that too!

And based on my own experience, it does a bang-up job, and it will probably only get better.

Privacy and Security

Worried about data leaks? Naturally, you’ll want to ensure that everyone on your team is trustworthy and has set themselves up with strong passwords, ClickUp AI adheres to certain privacy and security standards, which means you should never find your intellectual property splayed all over the internet for everyone to see.

Closing Thoughts, ClickUp Brain

Everything covered here is but the starting point. There is so much more you can do with ClickUp AI. And with the addition of ClickUp Brain, which might just know more about how everyone on your team is doing than you do (wild), it’s sure to make mincemeat out of tedious, menial administrative tasks.

If you’d like to learn more about ClickUp Brain and what it can do to help you, your team, or your company be more efficient, click here to explore further.

037 – The Right Questions Lead to Breakthrough Answers

037 – The Right Questions Lead to Breakthrough Answers

Building a music career isn’t all fun and games and sometimes it’s easy to become discouraged.

Maybe no one is coming out to your shows. Maybe you’re struggling to make an income.

In this episode of Creativity Excitement Emotion, David shares how one well-placed question can change everything.

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Highlights:

00:17 – A stranger started asking questions
01:02 – Doing all the right things
02:08 – Gaining experience playing for an audience
03:13 – The right question can make you feel more understood
04:07 – Therapy is but a question away

Transcript:

Years ago, I was playing a gig at a coffeehouse, and afterwards, there was someone who came up to me and started asking questions.

In hindsight, it may be that he was doing a little bit of market research, trying to figure out if there was a niche that he could serve in the music industry. He never came out and overtly said anything.

But I’ve gained some experience in marketing, so the kind of questions he was asking me, later, led me to believe that he may have been looking to see if there is an opportunity for him to be a promoter or help musicians with gigging and stuff like that.

Some of the questions were like, “What’s the greatest struggle about being a musician right now?”

With live performance being one of my focuses at the time, I would have said, “Bringing out an audience.”

And we were doing all the right things. I had collaborators, I had songwriting partners, and we performed together regularly. Oftentimes we were very dysfunctional, but we somehow made it work.

So, we would play these gigs, and we’d try to do all the right things. Not just the digital presence, although we did send out emails to the email list, posted to social media, put the show dates up on the website, and I think we would have printed out posters and sent out flyers and made personal requests for people to come to our shows.

In retrospect, too, it could just be a function of we overplayed the market a little bit, or the same venue too many times. Bringing people out to the same kind of gig at the same kind of venue every single time would present some challenges. I just wasn’t thinking that at the time.

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I’m just thinking, like, “I want to play shows and I want to play more shows and I want to play outside of Calgary, and I want to play everywhere I could possibly book a show.” So, that’s kind of where my mind was at.

In retrospect, I think it was a great opportunity to gain experience as a live performer. Getting out there and playing in front of an audience, you grow in ways that you simply wouldn’t be able to otherwise. And I think you grow faster, too, than just playing music in your basement.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and you can make music from home and make a living doing things that way, too, but I was always on the live performance side, where I wanted to do something with that, including touring.

It’s funny how things change, though. I don’t have as much desire to do grueling schedules across North America. We’ll see if that’s something that changes. Things can change at a moment’s notice, depending on the opportunities that come up, right? But as of now, that doesn’t hold a whole lot of appeal for me.

I’m looking more so for ways to play a few times per year and make it special, have people come out to those events because it’s going to be one of the rare moments, when they’ll even be able to see me. That’s kind of more been my thought process as of late.

But getting back to those questions, I think it’s surprising how sometimes people ask questions and you sharing your answers makes you feel more understood.

My collaborators and people I worked with were very typically the same people, just in rotating cycles. It’s so easy to fall into an echo chamber of someone has a bunch of frustrations or misgivings about people not coming out. Others would just be like, “I don’t care, we played, it was a good night, I don’t want to do a debrief.”

Everybody was kind of coming from their standpoint, which is fine. It’s good to have multiple perspectives, but you can very easily fall into an echo chamber there.

So, it was amazing to have someone come up and ask me about my struggles and what I thought the solutions were.

So, the thing to remember is that sometimes we can be frustrated about where we are in our music career. And yet therapy is often just a question away. If there was someone in your life who could ask you a few questions about what your frustrations are, why you’re frustrated, and why you don’t see things going the way you want them to go, it can make all the difference to your emotional state.

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036 – Where There’s Success, There’s Constant Activity

036 – Where There’s Success, There’s Constant Activity

David formulated a strategy for a tribute band he’s been playing with for a long time. Having launched a new podcast and merch line, the strategy gained immediate traction, helping the band land a lucrative gig.

In this episode of Creativity Excitement Emotion, David shares the concept that changed everything for the band.

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Highlights:

00:17 – Starting a new podcast and merch line
00:33 – What the top artists and businesses are doing that others aren’t
01:25 – The different types of content and their advantages and disadvantages
02:05 – Busying yourself with activity attracts customers
03:25 – If you aspire to something greater in your music career, do this
04:18 – Always show that something is going on

Transcript:

One of my projects beginning last year in November [2022] was getting a new podcast and merch line started for the Def Leppard tribute band that I play in called Adrenalize.

One of the reasons that we decided to do anything with that to begin with is to show activity. If you have a website that’s not frequently updated, as much as you might think, like, “Okay, so what are people expecting,” right?

It takes a while to come up with a new release or “We couldn’t take time away from our jobs and our lives to film a video or write a blog post. “So, what do people want?”

As much as you might think that… And I think the people who are doing the best in music and honestly, business and most areas of life are those who make it a point to come out with something, with some regularity.

You can figure out a way to do it every month, but honestly, for most people, it’s a weekly minimum. And if you can do it, do it daily. That would be my suggestion.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a blog post, a podcast episode, or a video. I think video gives people a direct connection to you, but podcasts benefit you too, because that’s one way to get into people’s pockets, and into their lives, right?

You get to interact with them through the audio medium. They’re going to listen to you as they’re jogging, doing the dishes, or going for a walk. Whatever it might be, people are going to give you 30 minutes to an hour of their life to listen to you and get to know you.

But that’s not the point. In terms of content types, choose one, do it, and do it with frequency. That’s more the point.

And this was based on a book I’d read. I’ll find the book and put it in the show notes. I just can’t think of the exact title right now. I think it might’ve been Creative Mind and Success [by Ernest Holmes].

He talks about – and this perspective comes from an older time – he talks about the fact that if you’ve got a storefront, you should be constantly reorganizing your products and putting them in a new place. Busying yourself with activity attracts customers. It attracts people to your business. It’s a great principle. It is correct.

So, I suggested to the band leader of Adrenalize… I’m not the one running this show, but I’ve had a lot of sway in it… I said, “Look, let’s begin to show that we’ve got some activity. Something should always be happening on the website.”

So, we got the podcast started and we launched the merch line. And I don’t think we recorded and published more than three or four episodes. And I think the gig in downtown Calgary got booked within a month. An outdoor gig of all things.

I just finished it. It’s, September 16th [2023] as I record this audio. And it was incredible.

First, understand. It’s not all about money, right? But We got paid $1,500 to do this gig. That’s four people. You can do the math, right, as far as how much each person makes?

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that that’s astronomical. But I do think it’s an amount that most musicians and most bands would be like, “How do you do that? I would want to earn that every show we play. How can we make that happen?”

And this is it. You must have a presence. An online presence is great. That’s something that I’ve heavily invested in myself. Try to complement it and supplement it with an offline presence, right?

For musicians, that’s where gigs come in. There’s a great opportunity to create an offline presence for yourself, in addition to an online presence.

But that’s the concept. The concept is, to busy yourself with activity. Always show that something is going on. It doesn’t matter if it’s like, “Hey, I just wanted to give you a little update. Here’s what I’ve been up to today. I practiced guitar and I got a new song.” It could be something as simple as that.

But if you can show that you are doing something and document it and continually publish it and share it with your audience, these are the opportunities that are going to start showing up for you. These and better ones, because nowadays sponsors are willing to pay a lot of money for any artist or band that attracts an audience that’s in alignment with what they’re doing.

So, busy yourself with activity. It’s not about the money. Don’t focus on the money. Focus on the audience. Get the audience first and then the money will come. Busy yourself with activity. That’s how to get there.

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People Pleasing is Robbing You of Your Destiny

People Pleasing is Robbing You of Your Destiny

Déjà vu. I am once again aboard the 10:10 to Nanaimo, the Queen of Cowichan my nighttime mistress. It’s mostly quiet aboard, and it appears there are fewer creatures of the night lurking about than last time.

My day began with a coaching call, one equally as impactful as the last three, if not more so. And the key takeaways were:

  1. It’s time to declutter. I’d already begun the process of selling some of my belongings, mostly as a stopgap. I did not know that I was intuitively following the guidance of GUS (God, Universe, Spirit). My coach told me it was time to release the attachment. I visited my storage unit in Abbotsford today, immediately recognizing that there were more things in there than I had remembered. I brought a few items with me to sell, give away, or throw away in Nanaimo.
  2. Redefine “worth” and “worthiness.” This will require some deep thinking. I only have a foggy idea of where to go with this, but one thing I do know is my previous definitions of worth and worthiness were flawed, incomplete, or otherwise unworkable.
  3. Support myself. No one else is going to do it for me. I must be willing to support myself first, careful not to give too much of my time or energy away to those who are all too willing to take, take, take, and take some more.
  4. Stop worrying about what other people will think. You’ll choose a partner. You’ll buy a course. You’ll book an event. It will blow up in your face. Others will think you’re nuts for making the decisions you make. But you’re the one who gets to lead the cleanup crew, so why worry about what people in the nosebleed section are whining about? Be true to yourself first.

***

They say when the teacher is ready the student appears. Today, having put to bed Alinka Rutkowska’s HOW I SOLD 80,000 Books, I intuitively chose Ching-Ning Chu’s Thick Face, Black Heart for my next reading, a volume recommended by the legend himself, Dan Kennedy.

It did not take long for me to see that this student was ready, and Chu was just the teacher I needed.

Recent challenges gave me pause. They had me questioning my worth and even my very existence. Why me? Why now? Why financial challenges, a problem I was supposed to have solved 10 years ago?

Opportunities kept presenting themselves but were missing follow-through. It left me scratching my head. I had laid the groundwork (I dug my wells before I got thirsty – in as many ways as I could) to avoid this very situation, yet seemingly the worst-case scenario was unfolding.

Says Chu:

I have seen many people grow old, but not graciously. Their eyes reflect pain and disillusionment. They have been beaten by life; they have so many broken dreams. The hope and expectation of youth have vanished – only death awaits.

But these lessons are necessary, offers Chu, because they prepare one for the greatness, they are fully capable of attaining.

Delving further into the book, I started to realize that I was not sufficiently detached from my situation to see the forest for the trees.

Not that one should not feel the pain but having felt the pain for long enough, one should not be afraid to become their greatest critic and take a more sobering look at the decisions they’ve made leading up to this point. And more importantly, to begin looking for solutions.

The lessons were probably inevitable, so there’s no point in debating semantics. But whether one decides to upgrade their mindset and carry on pursuing their dreams is a matter of choice. Will you rise again or wait for death?

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***

One of the greatest pieces of wisdom that’s been passed down through the ages is Matthew 10:16:

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

The average person has figured out the latter part. They have not figured out the former. Yet, the serpent part comes first in the verse and the dove part second, suggesting that the first is more important.

If you’re sheep amid wolves, you are in imminent danger of being eaten. You do not have time enough to afford to be as harmless as a dove, though appearing that way may be to your advantage. If you want to negotiate your way out of certain death, you must also be as wise as a serpent.

This is a key lesson for all of life. You are either going to think for yourself or let others think for you. You are either going to be a creator or a consumer. You are either going to sell or be sold to. If you’re not on the right side of this equation, it should not come as any surprise that your dreams feel out of reach.

I am preaching to myself as much as anyone else. You can shoot the messenger, but if you did that, there would be no messages worth heeding.

***

I would love to continue diving deep with you, but very soon, the Queen will dock in Nanaimo, and I will be headed home for a much-deserved rest.

If you made it this far, I know you have the grit to keep fighting through life’s many obstacles. That means you should also be ready to make a deeper commitment to yourself. Not later, but today.

So, pick up your free copy of the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook to affirm your worth. You can get it done, but you will need the book to illuminate the darker paths on your journey. Secure your copy today.