Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter
I. Winners Prepare For Victory: Do YOU?
Each sport has its own winning language and imagery.
In the horse world we call it the winner’s circle.
In football it’s about who can get it into the end zone.
In basketball players are in the zone.
Whatever your sport Michael Jordon said it best,
“Winning is about what happens from your shoulders up.”
Winners prepare for victory and they prepare way in advance … long before they engage in the game, the negotiation or the meeting.
The first step? It begins with the visualization of where you want to end. Winners prepare for winning long before they walk on their court of play. For hockey great Wayne Gretzky it begins with a mindset. He visualizes the end result. The Great One has said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”
The second step is a dedication to excellence.
Let’s look at John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach emeritus. Each year he would spend the first practice of the season teaching 6’ and 7’ players how to tie their shoes. Wooden did not want to lose a Lew Alcindor due to a foot problem. So players learned how to eliminate a fold in the sock, and how
to exert even pressure as the shoelace cris-crossed each famous foot.
In everything you say and everything you do, would we find evidence of your dedication to excellence?
The third step to excellence is persistence.
We watched Michael Jordan reliably hit free throw after free throw.
What we didn’t see were the afternoons spent practicing 500 shots. Calvin Coolidge said, “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”
An athlete spends more time in practice than in a game.
Can you say the same?
Do you spend more time practicing than playing your game?
In the arena of business as well as the sports arena, the more you prepare the more you increase your chances to WIN, PLACE OR SHOW. Winning is a state of mind that comes from knowing that you have done your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.
II. Mishmash of Value:
1. Presentation 101 and The Apprentice
Week after week presentation plays a role on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice.
Primer on giving presentations that WON’T get you fired!
- open with a POP-get their attention quickly
- practice outloud
- use appropriate, practiced hand gestures-show us you are not a mannequin
- the podium is not there so you can brace yourself
- have the confidence to overcome the things you can’t control
- don’t let us see you sweat
- that’s it is not a conclusion
III. Live and On TV
A. Brecksville Chamber of Commerce
June 16 noon - 10 Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success
B. Akron PRSA
July 14 – Standout Presentations
Giving Presentations that Increase Your Professional Velocity
C. Time/Warner Civic Forum of the Air
Week of Monday May 2-May 8
What’s Up at the Akron Beacon Journal?
Airs: Sunday 6:00pm & 9:00am
Other days 6pm/ Channel 23
Mike Burbach, Managing Editor
Michael M. Douglas, Associate Editor
Look for Upcoming Civic Forums:
NFL Draft: Akron’s Charlie Frye
Guests: Coach J.D. Brookhart, Charlie Frye
Wedding Must Haves in 2005
Who Moved My Cheese: Consequences of Corporate Change
Is a place where you can lose yourself AND a place where you can find yourself . . . the same place?