Monday Morning Mindfulness

By: Sandra Schrift

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Table of Contents:

On Special Offers and Invitations

On Generous Spirit

On Short-Term Stress

On Adding Punch to Your Humor

On Time

On Useful Web Sites and Announcements

Welcome to Monday Morning Mindfulness . . . to my Clients, Colleagues and Friends. Join me every other Monday in getting motivated and inspired to act/think/feel something differently.

1. On Special Offers and Invitations

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2. On Generous Spirit

In dwelling, be close to the land. In meditation, go deep in the heart. In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. In speech, be true. In ruling, be just. In daily life, be competent. In action, be aware of the time and the season. No fight. No blame. - from Tao Te Ching

The Coach thinksit is helpful (but challenging) to think about my life being in perfect harmony with the way things are. And you?


On Short Term Stress

Psychologists Gregory Miller and Suzanne Segerstrom state that when test subjects were asked to speak in public or do mental math in the lab, the tasks tended to mobilize their fast-acting immune response the bodys all- purpose defense system for stopping our infections and healing our wounds. What they found, compared to controls, was that people subjected to short-term stresses had up to twice as many natural killer cells in their blood ready to fight the early stages of infection.

The Coach thinks Jerry Seinfeld may be wrong . . . He said , most people would rather be in the casket than give the eulogy.

4. On Adding Punch To Your Humor

John Kinde, humor specialist offers us five tips to add punch to your platform humor. Make humor a natural part of your daily life. The key to creating humor is awareness of relationships. Find connections between things previously thought unrelated. The pause drives home your punch lines. Pausing emphasizes the punch lines. Pausing builds the tension. Pausing magnifies your physical delivery. Master the power of observational humor. Be focused on your surroundings and what is happening just before you are introduced. Look for connections. Practice observational humor at meetings. A Toastmasters meeting is ideal. At the end of the meeting, weave an item of observational humor into your closing remarks.

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5. On Time

Theres an old Irish saying, When God made time, he made plenty of it. Yes, we all have the same 24 hours each day, 168 hours each week and 8736 hours a year. It may be the most democratic element in our lives. So how come it doesnt feel that way? How come we often feel we are out of time? How come some people accomplish hundreds of complex tasks and others lay buried under a sea of papers and. . . laundry? Thats the paradox.

The Coach sez I dont have time to think about this anymore. (What are your p & qs for managing your time?)

6. On Useful Websites and Announcements

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Coach Sandra Schrift shares a few easy-to-read insights in this bi-weekly broadcast, and welcomes positive responses and input. Her 13 years as the founder/owner of The Podium Speakers Bureau in San Diego afforded her the privilege to work with many outstanding professional speakers and meeting planners nationwide. She knows what the Meeting Planners want . . . and knows what speakers need to know!

If you are an Executive, you will benefit by strengthening your presentation skills, so that whatever audio-visual aid you use will enhance, rather than distract from, your message.

As your coach, Sandra provides you with greater focus, increased ways to prospect, more ideas for getting referrals, and just more business.

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Thank you for reading this issue of Monday Morning Mindfulness Look for your next issue on August 9, 2004 --Coach Sandra

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