Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter
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This newsletter includes: The Power of Perspectives from Paris
- Herbie's Helpful Hint
- ASK LESLIE - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
- Mishmash of Value: Thomas Jefferson said, "A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life." Here are my lessons from the City of Light.
- Live and In Person
- Lessons from CoachSpeak
- Come and Be a Part of Our Community
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I. Herbie's Helpful Hint
My dad served in Europe during WW2. He was a part of a mission to push the Germans out of France near the end of the war. At the end of the war he had the option of coming home right away, or staying on the French Riviera and taking classes while the government moved thousands of armed forces. He stayed and took classes.
When I was growing up, my mom would say that she wanted to go to Europe. My dad would basically say, been there-done that. Then an aunt found a letter that he had written to her while in France, saying that he wished he could come back and see the country when it was not ravaged by war. Of course, my mom framed that letter as a reminder and it hung in the front hall. Be mindful of what you commit to in writing.
II. Ask Leslie - Stay On Your Cutting Edge
You have probably seen people at local kid's sporting event half-leaning/ half-standing on a one-legged stool. You can lean on this stool, you can half-stand, but you can't sit. A stool has to have 3-legs for you to be able to sit. Your communication has to have 3-legs for you to be effective. Text and email has maybe 1 ½ legs, that is why it is often less than effective. Make sure your communication has three legs by watching this video.
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III. Mishmash of Value
1. Bridge of Love-A Picture of Compromise
I am not a big fan of compromise. Yet I understand its role in our personal and professional lives. When you walk around the Louvre or Versailles you realize that not even kings got their way all the time... or there would still be kings! The Bridge of Love, Pont des Arts, is a bridge that connects the right and left banks over the Seine. In 2008, tourists started attaching padlocks with their names to the railing on both sides of the bridge. Estimated at over 700,000 locks, concern about the weight of the locks began to outweigh the bridge as a tourist draw. The new mayor of Paris had the locks cut off, and supposedly stored in warehouses.
I am not a big believer in the "there is no I in team" concept. Try telling that to Michael Jordan. A team is made up of "I"'s. Leadership is messy and hard. Sometimes a leader is too visible and other times not visible enough, sometimes too verbal and other times not verbal enough. But that doesn't change the fact that a leader has to lead. That is not a bad thing and not always a popular thing. According to Steph Curry, LeBron is taking too many shots. Bron knows what he has to do and is willing to take the heat and do it.
2. Champagne Says I'm Sorry in Any Language
We were on the second floor. The first day we came back to the hotel to find a line of 50 Asian tourists waiting for the elevator. I went to the desk to ask where the stairs were located. I was told we could not take the stairs, it was a security risk. I asked for the manager. I was asked, what good would that do, a policy is a policy. I stayed resolute. The manager was busy. I asked for the assistant manager. The front desk found me a manager. I was not standing in that line.
Really, if I am not a security risk to take the elevator, how am I a security risk to take the steps? I explained to the manager. He walked us up to our room, gave me his card in case it happened again, while the line barely moved. A few minutes later, a small bottle of champagne was delivered to our room. Champagne says I'm sorry in any language.
3. Vive les Vacances
loved the sign in the boutique window. Basically it translates to, hurray for the holidays. I thought it was funny because in France the work week is 35 hours and the work year is ten months. That means eight weeks of vacation or holiday per person per year at a time that unemployment in France is over 10%.
It might be nice to have two months of vacation per year. Then ask yourself, when was the last time the French gave the world a great invention? Louis Pasteur gave us pasteurization, that was centuries ago. Even the Etch-a-Sketch was 1960 and the food processor 1971. Julia Child has been dead a while and she was American! We are grateful for Lafayette's help during the Revolutionary War, but that was a while ago. Is there a correlation between work and innovation and success?
4. No Pardon Moi
In French it is actually, excusez-moi, or excuse me. A tourist would not know it, because they never say EXCUSE ME. They bump into you, take your spot in Barre class, and walk into you again just for good measure, and never, ever say excuse me. I don't know why. While they are fairly small people and Paris is a very busy city, a pardon me every once in a while would have been nice to hear.
Communication is for the audience not the speaker. Yes, Paris has over 2 million inhabitants and what feels like another 2 million in tourists. I can understand that a person might feel as though they would be saying excuse me, every minute. Think about what your audience wants to hear from you, more than what you want to say.
5. Vegetables with Their Own Voice
Don't we all try to find our own voice? Or we should try to find our own voice. One tiny, little bistro in Paris found a unique way to stand out with vegetables. The restaurant painted a face on vegetables, made ducks out of vegetables, and a penguin out of a cucumber!
There is always a way to stand out. Sometimes it is just a little harder to find than other times. What is your way to paint a face on a piece of fennel?
IV. Live and In Person
Live: Come and Join Us
I'm speaking for the following groups and professions in the next month. I would love to speak to one of your groups!
September 2 Hudson Rotary
September 11 Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
October 1 Cleveland Professionals Group
October 27 AFWA Conference
Forum 360 with Leslie as Moderator
Upcoming Show: Keep an eye out for these interesting shows!
A Tale of Two Schools: Canton City Schools Guests: Adrian Allison, Superintendent Canton City Schools, and Corey Grubbs, Principal McKinley High School
Each Forum 360 will be seen on PBS Fusion Channels 45 & 49. If you have Time Warner, the channel is 993. Forum 360 will be seen on Mondays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 5:30 pm.
WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6:00 am. For online streaming go to http://wone.net/ and click Listen Live.
WAKR AM 1590 Sunday, 5:00 pm, Monday 12:30 am. For online streaming go to http://akronnewsnow.com/ and click Listen Live.
**Past shows can be seen my Website.**
V. Lessons from CoachSpeak
I collected 165 lessons from the class I took from Coaches Tressel and Dennison. At the time I wrote them and then compiled them, I had no idea which lesson or lessons I would most remember or quote most often from 13 guest coaches. As it turns out, it is a quote from Keith Dambrot that I most often share, "My strength is my weakness and weakness is my strength." He was referring to his passion whose flip side is his temper.
A couple of weeks ago I ran into Keith and told him that I hoped I had it correct, because I have been quoting him and quoting him. The UA Men's Basketball Coach, looked at me and said, "Its true isn't it?" Before I could answer he said, LeBron would tell you it was true. So there you have it, a reminder that our strength is our weakness and our weakness is our strength.
VI. Come and Be a Part of Our Community
In 2015 we will host 15 events! Participate in one of our events for an hour or a day, in person or by phone. Here are our upcoming events:
July 31 - HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership
Our June HorseTalk is at maximum capacity so plan now to come to the July day. This is a unique day like no other. It can catapult you with lasting results! A horse is the best mirror of your communication and leadership skills that you will ever have to see your reflection.
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