Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

August 2010

A monthly newsletter to transform ordinary leaders to extraordinary: in your company, profession, and industry. Based on coaching, writing, speaking and strategizing by Leslie G.Ungar to create leaders, improve communications, and build successful teams. www.electricimpulse.com

This newsletter includes: The Power of Perspectives

  1. Herbie's Helpful Hint
  2. Who Said It?
  3. Mishmash of Value:
    1. A Last Word About LeBron
    2. What Emmitt Smith Did Wrong
    3. The Prince Poppycock in All of Us
    4. Tiger Without a Swing Coach
    5. Would You Do this at an Interview?
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Upcoming Events
  6. Answer

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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint (named after my Dad)

When I showed horses I had "amateur" status. I was not paid to show horses. I often showed against professionals, who were paid to show horses. That is technically what separated amateurs from professionals. My Dad said the difference between an amateur and a pro was that amateurs made the same mistakes over and over and professionals made new mistakes.

Lesson Learned:

Look at the mistakes you make in speaking or in your work. It's not that you make mistakes that is important. It's not perfection we are after. Are you making the same mistakes or new mistakes? Making new mistakes is a sign of growth and forward movement. What kind of mistakes are you making: new ones or the same ones?


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II. Who Said It?

"I'm living too much in the past right now. I'm remembering how I used to play and that's not a way to play golf."

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. A Last Word About LeBron

Everyone from President Obama to the LeBron James Grandmother's Club has weighed in on "The Decision" and its hurricane like aftermath. Outside of the basketball world, we can all learn from The Summer of LeBron. The lessons go beyond the rectangular hardwood court. The lessons apply to our home court professional and personal advantage.

Lesson Learned:

The lessons range from how to Protect Your Brand to Burning Bridges. Click here to read the complete article about the 5 lessons you can learn. http://electricimpulse.com/resources/lebronjames.php


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2. What Emmitt Smith Did Wrong

Seven NFL legends took the stage for enshrinement into the league's Hall of Fame. One legend really connected with the audience in attendance and the audiences in their homes, in Dallas, Florida, and everywhere. Emmitt Smith spoke with no notes, which always seems to impress people. He thanked by name the members of the line that protected him. He had grown men in tears with his talk of dreams and goals and the opportunity to wear the "star" on his helmet.

Lesson Learned:

Emmitt is so darn likable. He spoke with no notes which people think is an accomplishment on the same level as going to the moon. Without his notes he forgot one big huge THANK YOU, to his Gator Nation. And spent the whole next day apologizing. Is it worth the risk of really screwing up to say you spoke without notes?


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3. The Prince Poppycock in All of Us

A guilty pleasure I should never admit to watching is America's Got Talent. Or America's Got No Talent, depending on your point of view. There is one contestant in the semi-finals named Prince Poppycock. "He" wears the most exquisite make-up and costumes imaginable, and actually sings opera amazingly well.

Lesson Learned:

He is a "mild-mannered" quiet, plain looking man who sings well, but claims he does not have the confidence to walk on a stage. When he puts the fašade of Poppycock on, he has confidence, lots of confidence. While his case is extreme, we can learn a valuable lesson. What do you need to do or wear or learn in order for you to be able to communicate your most confident you?


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4. Tiger Without a Swing Coach

To add to all of his other problems, in March Tiger's Swing Coach fired Tiger as a client. Tiger chose to not replace him, to be his own coach. How do you think that is working for him? His play at Bridgestone was not only his worse play ever; it just may be the worst play by any PGA professional, ever.

Lesson Learned:

It is rare when someone can be their own coach. A coach is an honest reflection of your play, your presentation, your work. Very challenging for anyone to honestly see themselves as other see them. Who is your honest reflection? Do you think you really can see yourself?


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5. Would You Do this at an Interview?

Lawrence is a successful executive. New York City is of course known for its sophistication. A young man interviews for a "job of a life time". Dressed to the T in his expensive interview suit, he mentioned how cold it was in the room. Lawrence tossed him a T-shirt, extolling the virtues of Philly steak sandwiches. What would you have done? The interviewee put it on over his suit and continued the interview.

Lesson Learned:

Everyone is going to say they are a team player. That does not mean they are a team player. It is not enough to say it, you have to do it, be a team player. How can that be assessed in one interview? Lawrence gave the interviewee the T-shirt to see what he would do with it: be prissy or a player. Can you figure out how to assess what you really need to know during the interview process?


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V. On TV and Live

TV--Forum 360 with Leslie as host on Time/Warner

Upcoming shows with Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, Cavalier Legend Campy Russell, and Congressman John Boccieri

Past shows can be seen on Local on Demand


Summit/Stark/Cuyahoga/Lake/Richland/Geauga/Mahoning Counties:

Channel 23 - Tuesday 9:30 pm, Thursday 9:30 pm, Saturday 5:30 pm

Radio: WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6 am, WAKR AM 1590 Sunday, 8:30


In Person - Come and Join Us Can we keynote an event for you?


August 19- Torchbearers "The Mutigenerational Workplace"

August 21- ASWA "How to Use Communication to Succeed"

October 21- COSE "The Mutigenerational Workplace"

Upcoming Events at Electric Impulse

Videotape and You: September 30, 5-7 A unique opportunity to be Videotaped, Critiqued, Videotaped again. Learn, Grow, Improve, And Eat!

Teleseminar: The Diva Within October 12, 4:00-4:50 For women and men who work with women

Final 2010 Happy Hour Event: Lessons Learned in 2010 November 4, 5-7 Eat, Meet, Greet, Learn

HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership click here for info http://www.electricimpulse.com/upcoming-events/horsetalk.php

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VI. Answer

NOT Tiger Woods. It was said by Kenny Perry, 50 year old member of the PGA Tour.


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