From NBC News:
by Chad Dyar
I’m a classically trained opera singer. I studied vocal performance at Northwestern and started professional life performing with opera companies around the country, singing everything from “Turandot” to “The Magic Flute” to “La Bohème”. Then I turned to musical theater, joining productions of “West Side Story”, “Grease”, “Rent” and a dozen more.
All of this prepared me for a career as a sales director in tech….
I had developed unique communication skills. As a singer, I had to think through every word to figure out the broader message I was trying to get across. I had to be a storyteller, taking listeners on an emotional journey. To “sell” that story, I had to buy into and believe every note.
I also learned discipline, commitment, and how to work closely — harmoniously — with different groups of people so that we could execute our mission together. This meant building relationships, understanding people, and negotiating. I had to adjust my presentation, even down to small nuances, in order to work best with each team….
Read on here.