Electric Impulse Communications, Inc. Newsletter

September 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. Kisses from a 4-Legged Immigrant
    2. The Vest
    3. Laugh at My Pain
    4. Fistful of Awesome
    5. Oprah for a Day
  4. Live and On TV
  5. Come and Be Apart of Our Community
  6. Natcha's Journal

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

This section of my newsletter was started almost six years ago after my dad died. I started it because so many Herbie-isms came to me in the weeks and months after he died. I was lucky to have heard these nuggets in person. I wanted a way to share them with people who did not get to hear them from my dad so every month I shared a hint, how it applied to my life, and how the tip could apply to your life. I compiled and elaborated almost six years of these hints into a book. Now I can share my dad's perspectives under one book cover.

Lesson Learned:

Over the last six years Herbie's Hints has been the most read section of my newsletter. Anyone who ever loved or listened to their own dad has found a familiar memory, something that reminds them of something they heard and they learned from their dad. On December 6 come and join us for a book signing for Herbie's Hints. We'll have some of my dad's favorite foods, come and be our guest at the Happy Hour of 5pm.


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II. New ASK LESLIE on Homepage

Each month we feature a new ASK LESLIE: a short video that will help you be more effective. This month's featured segment is on my YouTube Channel. Isn't it amazing that today anyone can have his or her own channel. The ASK LESLIE question that I answer is How to Stand Out In an Interview. http://youtu.be/vkWiPDGVrF8


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III. Mishmash of Value:

1. Kisses from a 4-Legged Immigrant

I first saw her by accident. Or by divine intervention. I'm still not sure which one it was or how she got here. We were walking down a street in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since it was our 15th visit to this provincial city, I knew to come prepared with dog food for the street dogs. I just didn't expect to come home with one.

Lesson Learned:

She isn't pretty. My Missy was pretty with her long blonde cocker spaniel eyelashes. Natcha is cute. And cute is as much an attitude as it is a look. A cute attitude gets you through a lot of mis-steps. For the entire article click here http://electricimpulse.com/resources/four-legged-immigrant.php


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2. The Vest

Although it has been six years since my dad died, the note from Jim Tressel still hangs on what was my dad's desk. No one has touched it, no one has thought about touching it, since the note arrived on my dad's door step days before the Vest coached his national championship game. Now years later, I get to sit down and interview Jim Tressel for thirty minutes on Forum 360.

Lesson Learned:

I won't say I was subtle. Maybe a touchmore subtle than the day I stalked Prospect X outside of the men's room he had entered, waiting to meet him. (he is still a client)I told Jim Tressel and anyone else that would listen to me that I wanted to interview him. The interview will take place this month and air in October. What goal do you have that you can heat seek?


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3. Laugh at My Pain

Kevin Hartis a stand-up comedian. For anyone who thinks speaking is scary, just imagine dying over and over again as an audience does not laugh at your jokes when you are supposed to be funny. He has authored a catchphrase and a film; Laugh at My Pain, documenting life with an addict father. In an interview he said that the more revealing and confessional his comedy became, the more successful he became.

Lesson Learned:

"Once you tap into that, is when your career takes off", Kevin Hart noted. We often try to emulate others whether it is in their dress or style. For anyone in any profession, accounting, legal, medical, education-once you tap into your authentic self is when you create the most velocity. What can you do to help you be the authentic you?


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4. Fistful of Awesome

Jon Stewart dubbed Clint Eastwood's twelve minutes "a fistful of awesome." I think of those twelve minutes teach us one basic lesson of survival. It is not nuclear warfare, pestilence or drought that will cause our demise. The demise of the Western world, should it ever happen, will be attributed to an open mike. That is how dangerous an open microphone is . . . for anyone. Who has not been at the least made uncomfortable and at the most downright embarrassed by someone at some wedding giving some inappropriate toast?

Lesson Learned:

Speaking is hard.To prepare to speak is difficult. It is time consuming, painful and just plain not fun. To speak without preparation is like wanting to sit down at a piano and play like Liberace . . . without taking the time to practice. It does not matter whether the speaker is an actor (who by the way becomes famous for saying lines written for them) or a CEO, when comments are not prepared mayhem follows. Keep in mind for any event that you sponsor that it is the unplanned, uncontrolled moments are the most dangerous.


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5. Oprah for a Day

Last month I made twelve new videos in one four hour session. Each just a few minutes long will eventually be on my website and my YouTube channel. I was worn out before I even started the day. In advance of the day there was my list of tasks to address the superficial: hair, make-up, nails, tan, clothes, necklaces, earrings, rings and shoesfor twelve different videos. I ended up doing them all barefoot but that was after I hauled in eight pairs of shoes. Then there is the content side of the preparation: create twelve topics, write copy and then practice and be familiar enough that a teleprompter would not be used.

Lesson Learned:

Oprah used to tape five shows in one day. I have a new respect for that feat after my marathon attempt at being "Oprah" for a day. Between the cosmetic side and the content side of the process I was ready for a nap before we began! Whether it is the Olympics or Hollywood from the outside we see the glamour and don't often see the work. Are you prepared to do the work, what I refer to as the STEP UP phase, in order to STAND OUT?


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IV. On TV and Live

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

September 14, Canton Chamber, Where Text and Tweet Converge
September 19 Tallmadge Chamber, Opportunities Have a Shelf Life
October 17 Jackson Belden Chamber, 100 Tips in 100 Days
October 26, Sixth District, Presentations Made Powerful

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

Upcoming Shows:

Title: How and Why a Levy Gets to Ballot
Guest: Kim Redmond, Superintendent Canton Local Schools and John Saros, Executive Director, Summit County Children Services

Title: A Conversation with Jim Tressel
Guest: Jim Tressel


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

We are always doing something you can participate in for an hour or a day, in person or by phone. We will even make you a video star at our video sessions.

October 18 11:30-1:30 Video and You

December 6 at the Happy Hour of 5 pm Book signingfor Herbie's Hints


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V. The Natcha Journals

I swore I would never have a Terrier. Imagine my surprise to find out that the Schnauzer I brought back from Mexico is part of the Terrier family. There is a persistence that is almost impossible to overcome. I want her to sit in the back seat of the car. She hops up into the front seat. I send her to the backseat. She comes to the front. And back and forth we go. The only answer is for me to be more perseverant than is she. Almost impossible. What can you be more persistent in doing than your target can be in spurning you?

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