Volume 1, Number 1                   April 2005


Whew! Here it is. The first issue of my new newsletter. Unless you've done one of these, you have no idea how much time and effort is involved in putting it together, all so I can share what I know about great communication with you, my friends, clients and fellow professionals.

About once a month, I'll update you with great tips on how to speak and write more effectively, invite you to my talks and seminars and let you in on a few specials I will offer only to my newsletter readers.

If you know someone who can benefit from these articles, be sure to forward it to them so they can subscribe as well.

Also, if you've been wanting to start your own newsletter, I'd be glad to coach you through the process, including writing or editing articles, and supporting you until the first issue is released.

I'm so excited about sharing with you that I can't wait to get started. So read on, enjoy and learn. Let me know if you like what you see.

Best wishes,
Lee Pound

Featured Articles in this issue:
  • Do Your Best, All The Time!
  • Emotion: The Best Communicator
  • Motivational Story of the Month
  • Special Newsletter Offers

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Do Your Best, All The Time!
By Lee Pound

Ever had this happen to you? You show up for a meeting and only one other person shows up? You give a speech and the promised audience fails to appear?

We've all had that happen and usually we react with frustration and don't give our audience the best that we can because of frustration, anger, and the feeling that we have just wasted our time.

Yet you can make many of these failed meetings into great opportunities. Use them to practice your presentation, help the few attendees on a one-to-one basis and to get to know the promoters of the event. After all, the promoters feel even worse about the lack of audience than you ever could.

When you give your best to the group that shows up, you show everyone present that you are a professional, that you care deeply about your work, and that you can always be counted on.

Remember, who will they call when they need a great, reliable presenter for that next big meeting?

YOU, of course!!

Emotion, The Best Communicator

Why are some novelists more popular than others? Why do some non-fiction authors become mega-best sellers while others languish?

The answer? The average writer gives us facts. The great writer gives us stories that resonate. The average writer uses technique. The great writers knows how we respond to key words that I call defaults.

Every word we read evokes an emotion, at times subdued and at times extreme, based on context and current events. When you use defaults you create emotion in your reader without ever saying what you want him or her to feel.

For instance, before 2001, the term 911 meant the emergency phone system most of us use to call an ambulance. After September 11, 2001, the term creates incredible emotion on such subjects as war, terrorism, security, and politics.

The next time you write, think about your audience first. What are their interests, concerns, worries, and needs? Start with a story that evokes those needs, then insert your information in a way that they get it emotionally as well as intellectually.

Motivational Story of the Month
(Yes, it's on my web site. Go there and have fun browsing.)

This Month's Special Offer

Buy 3-book Writing Package and get
30 minutes of Coaching or Editing ($100 value) FREE.

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Where Is Lee Speaking?

April 2, 2005:
"Research in Southern Records"
San Luis Obispo Genealogical Society, IOOF Lodge, 320 Dana St. 12:30 p.m.

April 12, 2005:
"Writing Your Family Stories"
Simi Valley Rotary Club, Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Noon

April 19, 2005:
"Achieving Your Goals," Lake Norco Toastmasters Club. (Not open to the public)

Early May, 2005:
"Achieving Your Vision For Your Life and Career"
seminar sponsored by Professional Coaches and Mentors Assn. Chapman University. Time and date to be announced.

June 18, 2005:
"Finding Your German Ancestors," South Orange County Genealogical Society, Mission Viejo, CA, 10 a.m.

New Books

Fifty-Seven Steps to Better Writing is my personal look at the writing and publishing business. You will learn how to choose a genre, how to select a publishing method and how to use the craft of writing to make your work sparkle.

Order this book now

Do you need help with your writing?

Lee Pound  helps writers and speakers strengthen their communication skills by teaching them to write clear, concise prose that all readers can understand.

Learn more about coaching here

Do you need a speaker?

Lee is an inspirational and motivational speaker who presents to organizations, conferences, businesses and clubs interested in learning more about skills used to communicate in writing and speaking and how to apply those skills in our daily lives.

Learn more about my presentations


Learning to speak well requires practice. The best forum to practice is at a local Toastmasters Club. You can go to www.toastmasters.org for more information. You are invited to visit my clubs at any time. Call or e-mail for further information.

Possibilities Unlimited
Carrows Restaurant on Marguerite Parkway north of Avery Parkway in Mission Viejo, CA, Monday evening 7:15 p.m.

Performance Unlimited: IHOP Restaurant on MacArthur Blvd south of the 405 Freeway, Irvine, CA, Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m.

The Write Coach, a division of Solutions At Work, Inc.
4533 MacArthur Blvd., #200, Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-246-8580   lee@leepound.com   www.leepound.com

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