Volume 1, Number 1
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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
YOU, of course!!
Emotion, The Best
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
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
Motivational Story of the Month
(Yes, it's on my web site. Go there and have fun browsing.)
This Month's Special Offer
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"
Luis Obispo Genealogical Society, IOOF Lodge, 320 Dana St. 12:30 p.m.
April 12, 2005:
"Writing Your Family Stories"
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,"
County Genealogical Society, Mission Viejo, CA, 10 a.m.
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.
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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.
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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.
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