144 MEDIA BLOG

A March Madness Reminder: USE THE TIMELESS WISDOM OF HOOPS “WIZARD” JOHN WOODEN FOR SLAM DUNK SPEAKING SUCCESS

by Robert J. Geline
President, 144 Media LLC

March 2017 — March Madness, the college basketball chase for a National Championship, is an American Rite of Spring. In the annals of this annual attraction, there is no basketball coach whose record of success begins to match that of the legendary “Wizard of Westwood,” the late John Wooden.

Between 1964 and 1975, Wooden’s UCLA teams won 10 of 12 NCAA championships, including seven in a row. No team or coach has since come close to this extraordinary record. Wooden’s success was built on his ability as a teacher, but his teachings were not basketball-specific. For example, here are three eminently adaptable sayings of the “Wizard” to help you succeed when you give a presentation, meet with the media or speak to any audience.

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The Teflon Don(ald) Trump vs. The Media:
What’s at Stake in this Fight?

by Robert J. Geline
President, 144 Media LLC

January 2017 – In the first week of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 jumped to the top of the best-seller list on Amazon.com. Why the sudden attraction to an almost 70-year-old warning about the dangers of totalitarianism that introduced the idea of “Doublethink” and the language of “Newspeak”?

With the understanding that correlation does not mean causation, it is difficult not to conclude that President Trump’s performance during his first days in the White House – a tone-setter during which, among other things, he presented us with the patently false notion that the crowds who attended his inauguration were the largest ever, and declared war on what he terms the “dishonest media” over its debunking of that claim amid other perceived sins – was behind the new interest in the old classic.
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The Rules Donald Trump Did Not Break

blog-trumpFor the record: I am not a Donald Trump supporter, and did not vote for him.

The conventional wisdom holds that Donald Trump “broke all the rules” in his successful campaign for the Presidency, and that he has possibly rewritten the politician’s playbook for success.

Maybe.

But I suggest that in order to best understand how Trump managed his victory, it is just as important to take note of the rules Trump did not break on his way to the White House.
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Eye Contact Insight: “Stop” It For More Successful Interviews & Presentations

The CEO was surprised. “I need to look away in order to think,” he noticed during a recent coaching session to prepare for a panel discussion to be video webcast to a global audience.

The executive was referring to his habit of regularly breaking eye contact in order to organize his thoughts while responding to questions during videotaped role-play interviews. The habit made him appear detached and ill at ease, detracting from his credibility and positive perception of his message.
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How To Cure The “Content-Free Speech” Virus

There is an epidemic afoot in the land that you won’t find in a list of infectious diseases. I call it the “content-free speech” virus, and it is seriously degrading the quality of discourse at every level of society.
Be warned: Failure to treat this insidious malady can destroy careers, reputations, deals and entire organizations. The afflicted are unable to avoid interspersing their speech with entirely content-free words or phrases.

They often sound like this:
( Read aloud for maximum effect)
“So . . . I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to . . . y’know, like, um . . . talk a little bit about people who . . .um, y’know . . . say they are interested in being better communicators, all right?
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UK Exporters: Don’t get Lost In Translation

Thanks largely to Hollywood and cheap jet travel, the British traveler often knows that to satisfy the cravings of a sweet tooth, you need to ask for a cookie in an America bakery, and not a biscuit, which will get you some kind of breakfast or dinner roll. And to answer nature’s call, Brits often understand that you’ll get there faster in the US by asking for the bathroom or the restroom, and not the loo.

Conversely, many Americans know that in Britain, French fries are called chips, and that if they want potato chips in the UK, they need to ask for crisps. The fact that in London the tube is something that you ride, not something that you watch, is also a usage many Americans are clear about.
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