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Music Education & Success: Dean Deyo, President, Memphis Music Foundation

Continuing with our series of audio excerpts from the interviews conducted in the research for my book Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music: Dean Deyo, President of the Memphis Music Foundation & Retired Division CEO/President of Time Warner Corporation discusses the role that music had on developing his communication, poise, confidence, and public speaking abilities needed to succeed in business.

Excerpt from Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music

Book Cover
Book Cover

“The absolute terror of freshman in college for 90 percent of the population is public speaking. I never understood it because I had already been on a stage in front of thousands of people, and it was no big deal. For me communication, presence, poise, and confidence are all things that any good business person has to have.”


“You’ve got to get to the point where you can make a presentation in a small room or make a presentation at a big gathering. Those performance skills that a musician would learn really translate well.”

Dean Deyo, CEO & Drummer

Retired Division President & CEO, Time Warner Corporation

President, Memphis Music Foundation

Drummer, The Legends of Rock