Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

July 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. Seven Rings Versus PowerPoint
    2. Happy Hour Club Update
    3. Your Inner Brilliance
    4. Did I Give Bad Advice?
    5. 11 Cities in 15 Days
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Answer

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

My Dad would say NEVER GIVE UP, period. He would also say, true champions come from behind. It is really hard to admit that sometimes the right thing to do is to give up. I applaud the Cavaliers for not giving up. Even when it appears LBJ did, even when he tore off his jersey to be dubbed, LeGone, even when their first choice coach said No, even when . . .

Lesson Learned:

The Cavaliers and their leader and current face of the franchise, owner Dan Gilbert, epitomized the good of NE Ohio and the Mid West work ethic. Ignoring signs and quotes and friendships, they forged ahead. There is a lesson for all of us. We can't control whether they buy. Not even if you are a billionaire. After "the letter", (you rock Dan Gilbert), he appears to admit it is time to move on. So many lessons learned.


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II. Who Said It?

"Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights."

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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. Seven Rings Versus PowerPoint

Many of you love PowerPoint. And now the first cousins and siblings of PowerPoint that are electronically and graphically available to presenters. Rumor has it that one thing that really impressed LeBron during the marathon six meetings, was Pat Riley's presentation. Forget fancy technology, supposedly he put out all seven of his NBA championship rings on the conference table and either literally or subconsciously asked, 'how many do you have?"

Lesson Learned:

None of you have seven rings. What you do have is a way to connect with your prospect or client. You are charged with crafting the way to connect to each client: for some it may be through food, sports, or entertainment. Often it is not the most technologically savvy option. He or she who figures out the best way to connect usually wins.


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2. Happy Hour Club Update

This year's Happy Hour Club has met four times plus three teleseminars! Tonight is our second to the last VideoTape and You session. One more Videotape session in September, one more teleseminar in October, and the final Happy Hour Club in November! Plus HorseTalk on July 28. Come join us for one of our upcoming events.

Lesson Learned:

Each Happy Hour Club is designed to accelerate your career or your business. So far this year we have videotaped you, criticized you-with love-improved you, laughed with you, taught you about confidence, presentations, and 21st century leadership. All free or almost free . . . but the value is PRICELESS! Come join us for one of our upcoming events.


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3. Your Inner Brilliance

People ask me all the time why I write speeches for people who are obviously talented, articulate, educated people who could write their own. There are many reasons: I spent the Fourth of July weekend writing a speech so my client could go away and enjoy the holiday. That is not the real reason. The real reason is that you often, usually, and most of the time, do not correctly identify your real value. What I refer to as your Inner Brilliance.

Lesson Learned:

If you have not correctly identified your value, you cannot write an effective speech that will fulfill your call for action. The doctor who wanted to write about health care . . . do we really need another talking head about this topic? When he shared that he had gone to Afghanistan and Iraq not once but twice while in his 40's and 50's, that he does surgery for no pay let alone low pay, now he has a voice that needs to be heard.


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4. Did I Give Bad Advice?

Margaret (name has been changed to protect the innocent) actually followed my rule of communication. The rule that says: dress one notch above your audience. Margaret was invited to a football seminar put on by the new University of Akron Football Coach. She decided to follow this rule, and dress one notch above what a person attending a seminar would probably wear. As it turned out, the football seminar was a "hands-on" program where putting your shoulder into a blocking dummy was part of the program. There she was in heels!

Lesson Learned:

Margaret overcame a few challenges. Can you imagine arriving at the seminar and everyone else is in tennis shoes? She took off her heels and faced the blocking dummy in bare feet. A more important rule than dress is moving forward. Our job as communicators is to keep moving an agenda forward. She kept moving the day forward and that is an accomplishment.


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5. 11 Cities in 15 Days

The offer was a good one: Challenging. In order to fulfill the parameters of the contract I had to work at 11 sites in 11 cities in 15 days. Compounding the challenge was that since it was the end of the fiscal year for the company, several people I needed to meet with were taking a week of their vacation time during this period.

Lesson Learned:

Always have a spare, of anything you need when you are on the road. Don't count on GPS or Map quest. Be consistent, Be Flexible, Write Handwritten Thank You notes, have an alternative plan, and identify the "village" it will take to keep things moving in your absence.


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V. On TV and Live

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

Upcoming Shows:

National Inventor's Hall of Fame School
LeBron Grandmothers Fan Club


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?


July 15- Videotape and You, 5-7 Eight seats only RSVP quickly

August 19- The Multigenerational Workplace

August 21- ASWA Regional Conference - How to Use Communication to Succeed

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VI. Answer

Legendary UCLA Basketball coach John Wooden, whose inspiration, wisdom and coaching ability earned his teams ten NCAA Championships.


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