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June Newsletter 2023
Lessons From My Father

We had many dogs over the years. Because we had a barn and land, sometimes we had as many as five dogs at a time. One time my mom and I went to get a puppy and came home with two. I didn’t want to leave the last one alone so we came home with two Mastiff-Great Dane litter-mates.
After he retired my dad’s brother taught “dog obedience school” (really owner obedience school). Although he lived in another city he suggested we needed to start “going to school” when the still smallish puppies were not yet 6 months old. We had class once a week. My dad took one dog, Taasi and I took the other dog, Tommie.
We would practice what we learned each night in the driveway. It happened to be the middle of winter . . . in NE Ohio. One night I said I was skipping the practice. It was too cold and I didn’t want to go outside.
My dad simply said, “That’s fine, Tassi and I will just get better than you and Tommie.” I huffed and puffed and went outside to practice.
I think of this challenge now that I have a 5 month old Schnauzer. Sometimes I don’t feel like practicing. Then I hear my dad’s voice in my head saying, “fine, you just won’t get better.” And off we go to practice our weekly lessons.
Stay on Your Cutting Edge
The next HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership will be July 14, 9:00 – 5:00. In this brief video a participant shares her experience on that day.
All you really need to do to attend is be open to new ways of thinking and doing. And if you can commit to yourself to in some way be different or better at the end of the day than you were at the beginning, that would be worthy of a blue ribbon! 
Remember, whether you are with Penny the horse, Melvin the goat, Fig the pig, a human partner or your team, the way you do anything is the way you do everything.
June 16, 9 - 4.
This workshop will take place at:
4489 Hawkins Rd 
Richfield, OH 44286-9527
Three Perspectives from D.C. Speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum from Forum 360
1. Three Candidates and Three Speeches
Jeff Nussbaum was hired by candidate Obama to write for his eventual choice of vice-president. When Obama narrowed his options to three, Nussbaum wrote three speeches. I asked him why.
Lesson Learned:  Nussbaum said it this way: 80% of each speech stayed the same, 20% needed to distinctly reflect each of the three candidates. The way I say it: it has to be a speech only that person can give. Are your comments authentic to you?
2. Do You Put Your Pants on One Leg at a Time?
Nussbaum worked at the White House twice in his career: for Vice Presidents Gore and Biden. I asked him if world leaders “put their pants” on the same as us mere mortals. He challenged the premise of this idiom contending that some people sit down and puts both legs on at the same time.
Lesson Learned:  We ask more of elected officials that any other profession. We ask them to be effective podium speakers and effective at “retail politics.” We ask them to be able to share deep thoughts on Ukraine, transgender and the climate within the same five minutes. Nussbaum contends that are different than the rest of us. What do you think?
3. The People's Work
Nussbaum started as a White House intern and morphed into a speechwriter for two administrations. Which proves my theory that everything we do has the potential to be big.   I learned that even if you don’t actually work in the White House you are allowed to liberally use the term “work at the White House.”
Lesson Learned: I asked him what would surprise us about that White House environment. His answer gave me hope. He said “the seriousness of the work.” Nussbaum went on to say that everyone that comes to DC does so because they have a candidate or a cause they truly believe in. Do you truly believe in a cause?
Forum 360 with Leslie as Host
Upcoming Shows:
UnDelivered: Speeches that Would Have Rewritten History
Guest: Jeff Nussbaum, speechwriter and author
Watch/ Listen to Forum 360:
Western Reserve Public Media, PBS-TV, PBS Fusion Channels 45 & 49 (Time Warner channel 993) - Mondays at 7:30 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.
Benji and I are doing this 25 miles in 30 days walk for the American Cancer Society. We usually walk 2-3 miles a day so I thought it would be fun to be a part of dogs walking all over the country.
Moshe has always referred to my walks as death marches. Benji and I have been walking since way before covid. One thing that has been interesting in the first 10 days of this challenge, is the distance different dogs and their owners walk.
Libby a blue heeler, in somewhere USA, has already walked 40 miles. So has a dog named Maxi-Moo. Ollie looked pretty pooped after his walk.
Atticus walks the lakefront in Chicago, Felicia walks one mile a day, and Abby walked six miles one day with the last three off leash! There are big dogs walking like the Labs and Huskies, Springer Spaniels, and little puppies.
The morale of the story is that compared to some, my walks are baby stuff!
Why Participate in HorseTalk this Summer

"And God took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath upon it, and created the horse." Bedouin legend
HorseTalk: Lessons in Leadership 2023
This day requires us to be fully aware of and present in the moment.
The day requires of us is to be aware when we get caught up in over-thinking and not thinking like our audience, which on this day is a horse. 
The third benefit is that horses speak the language of authenticity, bringing us back to what is our authentic nature: a leader, a follower, or both.
When your horse follows you without being asked, when he rubs his head on yours, feel a tingle down your spine . . . you know you are loved. John Lyons
Our first HorseTalk is tomorrow – 9:00am - 4:00pm. Other options are:
·     Friday July 14th – Summer HorseTalk #2
·     Friday August 18th – Fall HorseTalk #3
·     Friday September 29th – Fall HorseTalk #4

Stay tuned for a Pop-Up Video and Vino

Summer can be challenging to schedule events. Usually I schedule events way in advance. I have wanted to try a pop-up event: an event with just a few days’ notice. My first pop-up event will be a Video and Vino session. The where is my office and the what is a video session. Stay tuned for the announcement.
You will receive a few days’ notice of the event. It will be 5pm on the pop-up day. We look forward to you joining us for our first pop-up event.

Ask me about my 10 in 10!