Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

January 2012

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. New ASK LESLIE
  3. Mishmash of Value:
    1. What I Learned from Donald Trump
    2. The Year of the Debate
    3. Candidates What Not to Wear
    4. Miss Natcha Vallarta
    5. Dragon Tattoo-How Far Would You Go?
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Come and Be Apart of Our Community

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

I would go about anywhere to hear a good speaker. Conversely, I can criticize a speech of any party or person. It always amazes me when people are surprised to see me attend a speech by a person or party whose politics they think I do not agree. Besides the value of information, my Dad taught me another lesson.

Lesson Learned:

My Dad and I shared opposite political beliefs for much of my life. I can still remember the day of the KSU shootings. As a jr. high student, way before we referred to those years as middle school, I could not understand students being shot on campus. One thing I learned in having a father with very different beliefs is that people with whom we disagree are not monsters. We can still love and admire a person with whom we disagree. Do you think this Congress believes this Herbie’s Hint?


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II. New ASK LESLIE

Each month we feature a new ASK LESLIE: a short video that will help you be more effective. This month's featured segment answers in 2:24 the ASK LESLIE question, how do we create champions. Isn’t it amazing that today anyone can have his or her own TV channel.

Click here to learn something in two minutes and twenty-four seconds.

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. What I Learned from Donald Trump

I admit it. I am guilty of a plethora of guilty pleasures. At the top of my list is my addiction to Reality TV. I believe I can defend this addiction. Then again, so do most addicts. My defense sounds something like the following. I watch Reality TV for the lessons in communication and leadership one can learn.

Lesson Learned:

Celebrity Apprentice (of all shows) reminded me to Think Big and Do Big. Big wins take big plans. Keep Your Blinders On and Don’t Worry About the Competition. Everyone has competition. Win for Winning Sake Not Because of the Prize. The thrill is still in winning . . . anything. To read the whole article click here.


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2. The Year of the Debate

Sometimes people think I care more about communication than the “average person.” There have been more debates in this primary season than ever before. Two debates even took place within 12 hours of each other! Obviously, “average people” must be watching or networks would not be televising them in prime time. What are voters looking for and how does a debate help them select a candidate?

Lesson Learned:

Regardless of your party affiliation, any primary season provides a very public laboratory of communication. So many lessons can be learned from what candidates do well and not so well. The visual is huge. On Saturday night in New Hampshire, the candidates took their nice pills. By Sunday morning, the pills had worn off. Perry’s 58-second memory lapse was a death note to his candidacy. Everyone can have a senior moment, but not on the national stage.


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3. Candidates What Not to Wear

Candidates have a similar dilemma as any job hunter. They need to dress for the job they want not the one they have. The visual is very important in communicating any message. People may say it does not matter what they wear. But, when we had 9/11 and Bush 43 addressed the nation that night every fiber of his being had to convey confidence in the midst of crises. Romney’s visual is such a challenge. In jeans, he still does not convey the guy next door. Besides, they are bad fitting jeans. Memo to Michelle Baughman, no one wants a presidential candidate that has eye lashes like Kim Kardashian. It is just wrong. Rick Santorum can’t get to the White House dressed like Mr. Rogers. Not going to happen.

Lesson Learned:

Bad jeans, bad eyelashes, and bad vest. It all matters. We can argue all day about whether or not it should. But it does. It matters if you have 250 million in the bank or $2.50. >


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4. Miss Natcha Vallarta

In August, I interviewed Joy Chicatelli. She had written a children’s book titled Bailey’s Heartstrings. For pet lovers it took up where Rainbow Bridge ends. According to her book, Bailey could not cross over “The Bridge” until he found a new dog for his family. After searching the world, he found his replacement at a pet shelter.

Lesson Learned:

When I met the 3-month puppy who would become Miss Natcha Vallarta, I thought of Bailey’s Heartstrings. I did not go to Mexico with the idea of coming home with a dog. As I kept going back to see her each day, sitting on that cold hard floor, I wondered if my Missy was leading me to her. Did Missy need to finish her job? What can you believe in just because you want to?


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5. Dragon Tattoo-How Far Would You Go?

Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was an international best seller before it was an American movie. So, whoever would get the lead would become the new IT girl. The lead went to little known Rooney Mara, a product of two football dynasty families. For authenticity, she had her nipple pierced.

Lesson Learned:

I’m thinking glued would have had the same effect. But I do admire the steps she went to truly become her character Lisbeth. In a less painful way, how can you prove to your audience that you are willing to walk that extra mile to get their business, to come through for them, to make a deadline?


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IV. On TV and Live

Live: Come and Join Us Can we keynote an event for you?

January 31 Home Builders Association, Trade Show Savvy
March 7 Women’s Conference at KSU, Develop the Diva Within
March 13 AGMC, Have Patience with Your Patients
September 14 Canton Chamber Fast Break Breakfast, Next Generation Leadership
October 17 Jackson Belden Chamber, 100 Tips in 100 Days

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

Upcoming Shows:

The Republican Road to the White House
Guest: David Cohen, Bliss Institute fellow and professor

Cavaliers 2012: The Road to Redemption
Guest: Campy Russell, Cavalier Legend


***Channel 23:

Mondays at 12:30pm, Tuesdays at 10:30am and 3:30pm, Wednesdays at 2:30pm/ 7:30pm Thursdays at 10:30am, Fridays at 2:30pm, Saturdays at 4:00pm

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

Past shows can be seen on Local on Demand

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V. Come and Be A Part of our Community

Come join us at our first event of 2012. Our first Happy Hour Club is January 26 at the Happy Hour of 5pm. We have a very special guest demonstration and of course great networking, great food, and a great short program. Email or call us to let us know you are coming to “see what I see.”

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