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Don't do another gig until you read Steve's book. -- Christine Lavin

Even you never want to set foot on stage, Rapson's witty style is a great read. He's the real deal and has an instant classic in the field. -- Bill FitzPatrick, success.org

The funniest and best book I have ever read on this subject. -- Steve Friedman, Melvillepark.com

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The American Success Institute is proud to publish The Art of the Solo Performer by Steve Rapson. He has packed the wisdom of the ages into 160 pages. He is my media and speech coach. Whenever I do what he says, I succeed. If I lapse into my old habits, he is there to tell me what for. The book's Q&A format is the next best thing to having Steve personally work with you. It is a fast refreshing read that you will go back to many times--especially before your next big performance.

Bill FitzPatrick, Executive Director

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: American Success Institute (August 30, 2000)
  • ISBN-10: 1884864147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884864148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobody wishes on their death bed they had spent more time at the office. Or, in Steve's case, any time at the office. After life in corporate America he is now an author, recording artist, songwriter, and performing musician.

Steve's debut CD, Christmas Guitar, is sold around the world. He has followed up with five more CD's: Romantic Guitar, Half Irish Guitar, Patriotic Guitar, and Original Guitar, each with a companion book of transcriptions. A Little Bit of Crow features Steve's song writing and is the only CD on which he sings. He collaborated with Deborah Rocha to create Breeze a CD of Jazz and Samba. With poet Cheryl Perreault he provided original solo guitar accompaniment to her spoken word pieces for her debut CD On Ants, Sandwiches, and The Meaning Of It All.

As a producer and performance coach, Steve works with songwriters and performers and public speakers of all kinds. His approach to stage work has helped further the careers of many new artists including Kevin So, Mary Gauthier, Ellen Schmidt, British singer/songwriter Paul Chi, and German composer/pianist Ivo Wiesner.

He is communications consultant to The American Success Institute in Natick, Massachusetts. The Art of the Soloperformer is his first book.

Steve holds a Masters Degree in Communication Management from Simmons College. He lives in Quincy, Massachusetts with Rosemary, his wife of thirty plus years--they married young, it wa

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ronlv" on January 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
You have to wonder if all the reviews that appear on Amazon were solicited by the author or his agent. They are all glowing and talk little about the book. Perhaps they were all fans of his personal performances. The editorial reviews were largely from people mentioned in his book. This book is severely over priced. I made a mistake in buying it relative many other available books. I read the exaggerated editorials and customer reviews on Amazon. Usually, careful research on Amazon saves me from such errors, but not this time. I read it anyway. It has some merit. If you are a struggling performer or speaker and have to find a toe hold somewhere on an extremely low budget, this would be a really good book. If you are down and out on your luck and need a fresh start, this may be the ultimate book for you. If you are doing a radical career change and are starting at the bottom rung with uncertain skills and resources may be this is a great book. It is chatty, full of cartoons, easy to read and humble. I wonder if there is the next Elvis Presly with lots of talent and not knowing how to start reads this review and does not buy the book. What have I done. If you are really struggling may be you should read this book. It is not a high brow book by a country mile.
Some of his words of wisdom follow. It is better to work at something you love initially for no money or even no hope of money than doing something you do not enjoy. With commitment some money shows up maybe eventually lots of money. Professional speaking gurus say do not speak for low amounts of money. Work for free in venues that do not pay until you can get a price that will not hurt your image. Steve says take the money. Pass the hat is better than a tip jar. I am serious he says: Do deep breathing in restroom stalls....Oh, come on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kyle shiver on January 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
kyle shiver/ performing songwriter
while reading this book for the first time, i began to 1)have much more confidence on stage 2)hold the attention of the audience like never before 3)get much much more applause than ever before 4)more people signed up on my mailing list and i sold more cd's
this book is a simple guide filled with rules and tips of the trade. the title of each chapter is a question("what goes into a great press kit?" /"how do i get publicity?"/"should i accept requests?") and each question is answered and most times discussed and the answer ALWAYS comes from experience. i love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Sonnenfeld on July 12, 2004
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This is an excellent book for any solo performer or public speaker. The author provides countless practical tips for the solo musician including advice on copyrights, recording, dealing with managers and agents, and playing to an audience. Also great tips for anyone who speaks publicly. There are many humorous stories about the author's own performing and speaking experiences and lessons that he has learned from them.
It was very helpful for me personally to read about how to put into perspective the experiences of having both great nights where you are connecting with an audience and also nights when you are just not connecting at all.
I would recommend this book for anyone who performs as a solo act or in a band, or for anyone who regularly gives presentations to corporations or to the public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Smith on March 26, 2008
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I am a professional trainer who follows the literature in the presentation field.

I am also skeptical of the advice you find in "how-to" books on presentations. The material is either too academic lacking life experience, self-serving from an author on an ego-trip or simply not relevant to my experiences as a trainer.

Steve Rapson's book is entertaining, honest and educational. Steve's unusual combination of professional experiences in the corporate world and as an entertainer produce valuable insights and advice for all trainers or presenters.

The Art of the Soloperformer is the best book I have read in the field.

Jack Smith
The Smith Group

"Training for Public Organizations"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Roth on September 17, 2003
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Dear Steve, Thank you for signing this book. The ART OF THE SOLOPERFORMER. The knowledge, forsight, entertainmet and right down common sence make this book a must read for anyone wanting to better themselves. Whether you're an entertainer, speaker, or someone just wanting to get ahead this book is a winner and will inspire you. Steve Rapson, you are truly a SUPER STAR.Thanks again, Gary
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cleary on July 30, 2002
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As a solo acoustic blues performer, this book has helped me overcome stage fright, and has placed into context the primary purpose of performing...to connect with your audience! Steve is also very accessible and responsive via email and is happy to offer insight related to specific questions individual performers may have. The book is a must buy. Thanks Steve!
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I'm a musician - but not a regular stage performer - aside from occasional concerts at the conservatory where I teach classical guitar - most of this book has little to do with my daily concerns. In spite of this, I was totally "seduced" by Steve Rapson's first section - Philosophy. I think all of us need to be reminded much more often that everything we do in life and how we do it should be based on thoughtful considerations and on projecting the "who" that we choose to be for others; i.e., a philosophy. What's so great about this book is that for Steve, success stems not from self-importance, but from the importance that we accord to the "other". This lesson in humility and generosity alone would be enough to justify the book, but aside from this, there is the laid-back and humorous way Steve has of dealing with both his subject and himself.
I wouldn't be so presumptuous as to comment on the separate bits of advice or on any particular answer that Steve gives to the questions that he poses - and perhaps, not everyone will agree with every bit of advice that he offers. This, for me is not the point. What is, is the absolute certainty that the advice comes from a person of great experience who has a sincere desire to be helpful to others.
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