E- Zine - July 2005



Special Events:
Interview etiquette: The interview is your opportunity to shine. If you are in the process of interviewing, the interviewing seminar is a must to polish your skills and give you confidence to meet and greet your interviewer with your best foot forward. This seminar will give you poise and polish so you can stand out from the crowd and get the job offer.
Interviewing Dos & Don’ts
6:30 – 8:00 pm
July 26, 2005

Afternoon Tea & Etiquette
2:00 – 3:30 pm
July 12, 2005

Mad Hatter Tea Party (ages 7-11)
12:00 – 1:30 pm
July 19, 2005

Register by calling the City of Edmond Parks & Recreation Department at 405-359-4630. Enrollment is limited so enroll now.

Tips to Outclass Your Competition – Happy 4th of July – Flag Etiquette

America celebrates July 4 as Independence Day because it was on July 4, 1776, that members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Here are a few tips for honoring our flag:
  • Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag and render the military salute.
  • Men should remove hats and hold at left shoulder hand over heart; without hat, place right hand, palm open, over heart.
  • Women should place right hand, palm open, over heart.
  • Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention.
For more information on Flag Rules and Regulations, visit: http://ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

The Coach’s Corner – How to form a listening circle

Listening Leader Chris Nelson, a leading Financial Planner with Linsco Private Ledger, shared the following story of newlyweds who spent their honeymoon camping in the wilderness. ”After a long day of travel and setting up their tent they fell into a blissful and sound sleep. In a few hours, the new bride woke her husband, pointed to the sky and said, "Honey, what do you see? ”With great clarity he replied, "I see millions of stars." "What does that tell you?" asked the puzzled new bride. After pondering for a minute, the young new husband confidently said, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially millions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What' does it tell you?" After a moment of silence the young bride simply said, “I think, someone stole our tent."

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The husband heard the words, but the focus was on what they meant to him. Effective coaches listen for much more than just the words of the story. They listen at the global level – at 360 degrees. Global listening includes everything you hear, see, smell and feel. Global listening is open and sensitive to any changes in mood, pace, or energy. Try this listening circle exercise with your family, friends, or co-workers to practice global listening skills.

“Listening Circle” – Every sits in a circle in silence. A stick or some other object sits in the middle of the circle. Someone who feels moved to speak picks up the stick and holds the stick as he/she speaks for 1–3 minutes. No one else speaks. When the speaker is done, the speaker can either pass the stick to the person on his/her left or put the stick back in the circle. Everyone takes a turn before speaking a second time.

Coaching questions:
  • Do I listen with all of my senses?
  • How do I feel when someone really listens to me?
  • How can I be a better listener?
  • What will it mean if I learn to listen to others?
Listening is the gate through which all masterful coaching passes. A masterful coach listens with all senses and gives you space to tell your story. By allowing your ideas to be heard, you and your coach can clarify and collaborate an action plan with your goals in mind. If you need to be heard 360 degrees so you can define your goals and move forward, call today for your no-obligation, coaching session. This 30-minute confidential session will give you the experience of coaching. To schedule your session, call 405-341-3216.

Quotes of the Month

"Lenin could listen so intently that he exhausted the speaker"
         --- Sir Isaiah Berlin

"How can I know what I believe until I hear myself say it?”
         --- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only think lacking is freedom”
         --- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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