April 2020
HERBIE'S HINTS (named after my dad!)

 My dad didn’t play golf, tennis, bowl or play cards. He planted corn each summer, a foot high by the 4 th of July, cherished the Purple Martin house he built, although it never attracted any purple martin birds. He got on his trusty tractor and plowed the snow during every snow fall, and fixed every leak, burned out bulb, and was pro-active with some pretty creative solutions.

When I heard Willie Nelson’s son Lukas sing his song, Turn Off the News, it reminded me of my dad.
One line goes; Turn off the news and build a garden. That would have been my dad, building a garden. 
Stay on Your Cutting Edge
In place of April 23 rd ’s Video & You session, I offer you an alternative. The Video & You session is in person with a small group of people. Each one is taped, we play it back, I make suggestions, and we tape you again.

Due to shelter-in-place I offer you this: send me video. It could be video of you speaking, or maybe just trying on some different looks for a particular occasion, perhaps you want to try some different backgrounds for your own Zoom meetings, different angles, whatever you can think of to send me. You can just use your phone to send me 30 seconds to 3 minutes of video. Choose any platform that works for you. I will view and then give you my feedback.
1. Create a Routine
Julie Mason, of Sirius Radio, hosts a daily show now from her living room. Mason shared that she has not worn make-up or dressed in normal clothes since moving her show from the studio to her couch. I like Julie Mason, but experts say she is not the role model you want to follow.

Lesson Learned:  Mental health experts trying to help us through this time tell us to dress for the life we want to have NOT the life we are having. Although we don’t see a host on the radio, a client may not “see” us on the phone or see beyond shoulders on Zoom, we benefit from the routine of preparation. Are you maintaining your routines?
2. Take Care of You
Experts appear to disagree as to HOW to take care of you. Some say this is the time to eat all the comfort food you want. Imagine getting a green light to eat all the potato chips, ice cream or chocolate that you want to eat. Others say eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, and exercise daily.

Lesson Learned:  Maybe you can do what’s best for you or maybe a combination of both. One thing for sure is that the plethora of on-line work-out classes is a bonus. Whether you want to take a yoga class, a spinning class, or a Barre class, there are on-line options for you. Are you using this time in some kind of constructive way?
3. Limit Media Intake
The challenge is to stay informed without being addicted. As I tell clients, be observant without being obsessed. Make sure you are listening to and reading reliable sources. At its core this is a science issue, not a political issue. Polls have placed Governor Cuomo and Dr. Fauci as the two most reliable sources on the virus. Experts suggest that you limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

Lesson Learned:  Watch a daily Gov. Cuomo press conference and you will see what leadership during a crises looks and sounds like. Watch a Gov. DeWine press conference and see another example of leadership during crises. Dr. Amy Acton is a story in herself. Are you pro-active yet limiting intake?
4. Learn Something
Time and money have a way of evaporating if we are not purposeful with how we use them. Working from home or office, you probably have time in your daily schedule. You used to attend events, lunches, and dinners. Now you have that extra time. Perhaps you can learn something from a webinar or podcast, or even a book in hard back or kindle. Create goals to accomplish things that have been hanging around your to-do list.

Lesson Learned:  Perhaps I will sign up for a class on Master Class. It is a platform that showcases experts from Anna Wintour to Neil deGrasse Tyson who teach to all different skills levels. Only you can answer, will you be better in some way, at something; at the end of this time than you were when it started?
This is a pre-Covid schedule; it will be updated as we learn more about future guidelines.

Leslie in Person
April 29, Beachwood Job Seekers
May 8, Cuyahoga County School Administrators
May 20 Canton Women's Impact
July 8 Be Coachable for Greater Akron Chamber
October 19 -20, Rubber Division, ACS IEC: Women's Conference and Presentation Workshop

Forum 360 with Leslie as Moderator
Upcoming Shows:  

New Akron Icon: Leadership Change at GOJO
   Guest: Carey Jaros

From Ohio to Westminster: Two Champion Dogs
   Guest: Elizabeth Salewsky, Trainer and Owner

Women in Elected Office
   Guests: Bobbie Beshara former Richfield Mayor, Annette Blackwell, Maple Heights Mayor

Watch/ Listen to Forum 360:
Western Reserve Public Media, PBS-TV, PBS Fusion Channels 45 & 49 (Time Warner channel 993) - Mondays at 8 pm and Saturdays at 5:00 pm. After the show airs, you can download it here.
WONE FM 97.5 Sunday 6 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.

I think the dogs feel it. They may not know what they are feeling, but they know something is different. I was telling a client (over the phone) that I thought this was a conspiracy started by dogs around the world that wanted their owner’s home. He sent me this cartoon I had not seen.
If we are supposed to dress for the life we want to have, and not the life we are having, I guess we should plan for the life we want to have this summer, not the life we are having.

Our summer schedule: remember HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership takes place outside with a very small group of people.

Camp Next – July 19, 12:30 - 5pm
These young people are our future. Attendees 14-26 years old will hear from experts ranging from etiquette to confidence, networking to financial literacy. 

Friday June 19 - Spring HorseTalk #1
Friday July 31 - Summer HorseTalk #2
Friday September 4 - Fall HorseTalk #3
*The March discount of 50% for HorseTalk is extended through the summer for all participants!

Email us at  [email protected]  for further information or to RSVP to one of our events.

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