Singer Yaya Diamond on Doubting Herself as a Performer

Singer Yaya Diamond on Doubting Herself as a Performer

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Joining me for Episode #26 of the “My Favorite Mistake” podcast is Yaya Diamond, a professional singer, recording artist, podcast host and (now) radio host. She's very dynamic and I've enjoyed our conversations very much (she's having me on her podcast as a guest shortly, something we've already recorded). You can tell why she is a professional entertainer and I am not 🙂

Yaya says that her “favorite mistake” is not trusting her own abilities and talents, which has sometimes held her back, as we'll discuss. Yaya has worked to stop repeating this mistake, using a “5-4-3-2-1” method that she learned that helps her avoid overthinking situations. We talk about making mistakes on stage as a performer (and I share a personal mistake that I made as a member of the Northwestern University Marching Band).

I think you'll enjoy the conversation, as I did.

You can listen to or watch the episode below. A transcript also follows lower on this page.

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"You're so accustomed to just jumping into the normal stuff. But when extra stuff comes in, that is above what you believe is your grade, you hesitate. I think that hesitation takes us out of the game a lot of times."

"You're never going to completely prevent musical mistakes. You're going to make mistakes. Sometimes in the middle of the song, I do forget the words. Yeah. You make your own up because nobody really knows the words anyway...".

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Automated Transcript (May Contain Mistakes)

Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.