One of all-time my favorite clients was a guy who worked for an asset management company. His CEO had told him to beef up his communications skills. Well, this became one of the easiest assignments I’d ever had. Early in our conversation, Roger and I started to talk about sports. It turned out that Roger had been a star on his high school soccer team. We talked about his toughest game, one that he’d helped pull out of the fire to win the league…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 18, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
GRACE UNDER PRESSURE...WINS
Hitting below the belt or thereabouts, seems to be de riguer lately. "Confrontational" doesn't even begin to describe how many of us behave in what are supposed to be reasonable, "fact-finding" conversations. (Although discovering "facts" doesn't seem as important as collecting scalps.) "Conflagrational" seems a more accurate description.
Okay, what I'm describing…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 11, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
IT'S TODAY AGAIN!
There was a very cute guy whom I dated a hundred years ago at Yale Drama School, who walked into class one sunny morning and said apropos of absolutely nothing, "Oh look! It's today again!" We all looked at him like he was crazy. In fact, he was sort of crazy which was part of his charm - both on stage and off. He had a lot of positive…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on November 4, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
THE LAST STARFISH
He was huddled on a little stool, pressed into the wall of a building on Fifth Avenue about a half block down from Saks. He didn't have a sign in front of him and wasn't holding a cup. He couldn't. His hands were misshapen; almost as if they had been "put on" backwards. He just looked up and said quietly, "Please."
I kept walking. I was hurrying from…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 28, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE...
Added by Gail Blanke on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
OF TERRORISTS...AND TREES
There was no warning. Suddenly the lights went out in the bedroom of our house…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 14, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
MONDAYS ARE FOR SINGING...
"You've got to have a song," I said in one of my Lifedesigns workshops. “What?!” a woman said,…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on October 7, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
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YOUR MAGICAL LISTENING TOUR
The art of listening (and it is an art) is not practiced all that much anymore. "Already knowing"…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 30, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
DON’T THINK ABOUT IT, JUST DO IT
Just when you might have thought all the “bad guys” were taking over, a “good guy” shows up and touches the lonely hearts and jaded minds of people from Hopkins, Minnesota to just about every village and hamlet in this eager-for-good-news country of ours. That’s where it happened: Hopkins, Minnesota at the Main Street Dairy Queen. The “good guy’s" name is Joey Prusack. He’s nineteen years old and is…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 23, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
NO EXPERIENCE IS EVER WASTED
Recently, someone whom I'd just met was reading my bio and noted that I'd majored in acting at Yale Graduate…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 16, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
FIND A WAY
Diana Nyad's extraordinary success - being the first person to swim the 103 miles from Havana to Key West without the protection…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 9, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT DAYS IN YOUR LIFE...
Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are - the day you…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on September 2, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
A dear friend gave me a copy of your book a few years ago and it had lived on my book shelf looking nice, but unread.
On June 21st (which was, coincidentally, the summer solstice, a Friday and the end of a pay period) I took early retirement and began to read your book at last. Since then I have been purging, sifting and sorting.
I had donated 16 very large…Continue
Added by Marie Z. Johansen on August 26, 2013 at 2:38pm — No Comments
WATCH YOUR FACE!
As Jim and I came out of our apartment to take Willa, our Golden Retriever, for her run around the reservoir in Central…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on August 26, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
There's no getting around it. We live in an unscripted world. You can rehearse in front of a mirror til the cows come home -…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on August 19, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
I bought Gail's book for one of my sisters for Christimas and then, early this year, I bought it for myself. Over a few weeks I did some serious de-cluttering. A friend of mine and I actually did it "together"...we'd set a time, Skype with each other and show the area we wanted to tackle, and would check back in every few hours to keep each other on track. It's a way to feel like you're not alone, yet you and your friend can both be productive simultaneously (vs. you going to her place, and…Continue
Added by Megan S. on August 13, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments
You leave your iPhone in the cab. You get (another) speeding ticket (if you get one more they'll take away your…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on August 12, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments
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The Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius (referred to as "the wise") wrote, "If it is good to say or do something, then it…Continue
Added by Gail Blanke on July 29, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments