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Two Tips For A Healthy Open Mic

To have a successful open mic, appear successful.

To measure a show’s success, one of the most common metrics is audience size.

If your show is able to draw a crowd, people view that show as successful.

People who run events know that one of the hardest things though is to get people into seats, especially consistently.

One way that you can do that is to create a little bit of that tension.

Limit the size of the open mic list. Limit seating. Use a smaller space.

Many of these techniques also help with transparency — another factor that heightens tension. People see that spots are limited. People see there aren’t many seats. It makes appearing on stage, or even just being able to sit down, valuable.

Consider the restaurant that has the line out the door.

The food may not even be that great; like, what’s so special about this restaurant versus any other restaurant, right?

And next door to that restaurant, there may even be another restaurant that’s completely empty, and it might serve the same exact food. The advantage and disadvantage for each restaurant is the transparency factor.

People are drawn to things that they see other people are interested in.

And then if you’re also thinking like, oh, this is limited, then those 2 things combine. If you have transparency plus tension that are together. We’re considering this with our open mic; we encourage you to, too!

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