Ignore the Noise, Focus on The Gift


A few days ago I met David Snyder when he attended “Gwinnettworking,” sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, headquartered in Duluth, GA. As we became better acquainted a few days later at lunch, I recognized that he has enjoyed a stellar career.

–Group Sales Manager for Johnson & Johnson
–Vice President for National Accounts, Coca-Cola
–Vice President of Operations, Coca-Cola, Tokyo

Now he provides financial advice for a top-tier client list at Morgan Stanley, operating from Atlanta.

During our conversations, I discovered what I consider the real key to his professional success.

Not his education
Not his networking skills
Not his ability to communicate his ideas
Not his ease in meeting strangers

. . . although with him all of those assets are strong.

Instead, from my viewpoint David’s key to success, both in business and in life, is his outlook on life. In an era when pessimism, gloom, defeatism, fear, resentment, jealousy, and mistrust abound, David said this during our casual lunch chit chat:

“We get two things in life. First, we get a Gift. The Gift comes to us when we wake up, and have another day packed with possibilities.”

What’s the other thing we get? “Noise. Noise is all the things that happen to us, everything that can go wrong during a day.”

So, David went on to explain, “We can choose to let the Noise overwhelm us. But that’s not my choice at all. I focus on the Gift.”

What a powerful way to stay motivated! With David’s permission, I am  sharing his daily approach with you.

You and I face the identical choice day after day.

Let’s ignore the Noise.

Let’s accept the Gift and maximize its opportunities.

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Since 1997, I have provided Speech Coaching for Leaders, Communication Consulting for Companies, and Interview Coaching for Professionals in Transition.


Talk to Your Self Before You Talk With Others

What? Talk to myself? Won’t that seem goofy?

Not according to Shad Helmstetter, author of What to Say When You Talk to Yourself. I read his book quite a few years ago–not once, but several times. If you haven’t read it or listened to the audio version, I encourage you to do that right away.

In fact, as I say frequently in my communication seminars, you should definitely have a constructive talk with yourself before you try to speak with others.

This brief video explains the value of self-talk:

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