I'm Michael Korman, and I teach meditation and piano. But, not the way you're used to. That's because I'm an INTP and I don't care about your rules. I only care about the truth.
#36 – Why You Don’t Need a Brand
0:00 Your business can be as flexible as your personality and include all the facets of you.
3:55 Six fears that stop you from experimenting.
5:10 Speaking your mind, experimenting, and being true to your own personality doesn't mean you have to stop being a "business".
6:50 Deciding on a job title without getting pigeonholed.
11:45 The people who matter aren't judging you on your fonts and colors.
17:07 Choosing to offer a particular product or service will cause people to put you in a box, but that's a good thing.
21:08 Your ideal clients won't call you a "narcissist", no matter what you say.
24:50 The people who NEED your products will pay and will overlook the rough edges (yes, this is true for artists too).
#35 – Food
I love food. Diets don't work. Society has trained you to hate yourself.
#34 – Nonviolent Communication
Nonviolent Communication is an awesome approach to learning how to say what you mean and mean what you say. NVC teaches you to think and talk in a way that tries to serve life, rather than disconnect us from our feelings and needs (the way we’re normally taught to communicate).
Here’s how you can learn NVC:
1. Search “nvc marshall rosenberg” on YouTube and watch the 3-hour video with him in the red shirt.
2. Read his book “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life”
3. Practice a lot.
4. Be prepared for all your friends to get angry.
5. Keep practicing.
More about Nonviolent Communication.
#33 – Loneliness and Social Anxiety
Is loneliness good or bad? Social anxiety. Could you survive on a desert island? Should white people be singing spirituals? Finding flow in your speaking (like Rush Limbaugh). Amplifying your singing and speaking voices.
#32 – Blame isn’t the Problem
When you get sufficiently advanced, spiritually speaking, you're likely to view blame as a problem. As in, you shouldn't do it. But, this is a misunderstanding. In this episode, I revisit the Drama Triangle and the Empowerment Dynamic, as well as Nonviolent Communication. The key phrase here is "it's about function, not form."
#31 – What’s the Deal with Michael Korman?, with David Servias
Cancel culture in the world of collaborative piano! David Servias sat down to interview me about trouble brewing in some of the Facebook piano groups.
Read the full story.
0:02:16 - What's the deal with Michael Korman? He seems to have a gift for offending people.
0:04:26 - Michael's post in the Collaborative Piano group.
0:07:29 - Did Michael know it would piss people off? Does he think it stops them from hearing?
0:10:47 - Getting kicked out of other groups.
0:14:55 - Is it bad to get kicked out?
0:18:00 - When is it weird to kick people out of groups?
0:20:13 - Are you intentionally pissing people off for fun?
0:22:25 - What separates Michael from other piano teachers?
0:30:43 - When people misunderstand and change the subject.
0:36:52 - Having disagreements in good faith.
0:46:19 - Should people be getting along? Is conflict good or bad?
0:55:41 - When the mob constructs its own narrative. How and when to defend yourself.
Before you react...
Listen. Michael is a human deeply interested you listening to yourself. He will get your goat then capture your heart.