A RARE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE - Bo in the trenches by Bo Gerard

This Saturday, September 14th, I will be the featured performer for the North Texas Performing arts “Celebration Station”. It will take place at the Shops of Willow Bend, on stage in the Grand Court. I will start my show at 12:30pm, and I really do hope those of you in the area who have never seen my show will come out for some fun, and to support a great cause. All of my shows are usually for private events, so this is a rare chance to catch me in action!

This fun-filled, free family event, will showcase fifty North Texas non-profits who are participating in North Texas Giving Day which is powered and made possible by Communities Foundation of Texas. This family fun event will be held from 10 am to 5 pm. Registration begins at 10:00 am in Grand Court (between Neiman Marcus and The Food Court) and the first 500 families will receive a special goody bag!

There will be a Main Stage in Grand Court with a variety of activities throughout the day including a performance by North Texas Performing Arts at 11:30 a.m., Proclamation by Plano City Council Members Mayor Pro Tem Rick Smith, Rick Grady, and Lilly Bao. There will also be contests, make it, take it art activities, face painting, balloon artist, games and prizes, and plenty of opportunities to learn about North Texas non-profits. Stop by and have some fun and help make a difference in our community!

Come meet North Texas non profits: Junior League of Collin County, Communities Foundation of Texas, North Texas Performing Arts, PISD Education Foundation, Chamberlain Ballet, , Children’s Chorus of Collin County, Children’s Health, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Plano Premier Girls Lacrosse, New Hope Education, 3to1 Foundation, Agape Resource and Assistance Center, Hendrick Scholarship Foundation, Altruistic, A Small Miracle Foundation, Plano Art Association, Rosa Es Rojo, Inc., We Got Your Six, Moms in the Making, Coram Deo Academy, The Autism Community in Action, International Festival, ArtCentre of Plano, and My Possibilities.

Don’t forget to come up and say Hi after the show!

CRITICISM THAT STICKS WITH YOU – Bo in the trenches by Bo Gerard

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One time an older gentleman, with a cowboy hat and a big belt buckle that said "TEXAS" on it, came up to me after a show.  In a thick drawl, he said “That warn’t too bad – for a deal lahk ‘is”.  Now you don’t have to be in Texas very long to know that this man had given me very high praise, indeed.  In the Lone Star State, compliments are handed out in small doses.  But he HAD taken the time to come up to the stage, and even waited a minute for me to be done talking with another audience member.  So, sometimes you’ve got to read between the lines.

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I think we all can agree that you learn very little that is useful from “high-praise rhetoric” like, “Great Show!”, or “You did really well!”  They are nice phrases, but seem vague and sort of forced.  I much prefer a comment that lets me know how I made the audience feel.  There’s one I got a few years ago that is a favorite of mine. “I was in stitches and I heard the guy next to me snort laughingly more than once.  I will definitely recommend you when we have entertainment needs.”

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I have had many clients leave glowing remarks about my show, but there are a few that took me a while to process.  Like, “You are the type of person that carries his own atmosphere around with him.” (Maybe I should stop wearing my space suit on stage) Or, “You speak in a way that makes people want to listen.” (Dang, I could have been a preacher!)

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And just to clear something up - criticism is not always negative.  Nowadays people use the word "criticism" as the opposite of compliment.  But, look it up, criticism can be either positive or negative; constructive or destructive.

How about you?  What are some criticisms you have received, that have stuck with you (like dried egg yolk on a suede jacket) ???