Our Weekly Message for February 4, 2004

Greetings special friends,

I just returned from judging the Utah State Dance/Drill Team Competition where we saw some magnificent performances by the Utah teams. I could not get over the creative prop, novelty, dance and military performances. I found a great buy in their Decade of Champions video that includes the winners of each division over the past ten years. What a buy at $31.95 for a video or $37.95 for the DVD! Contact them at RW@rememberwhenvideos.com or toll free at 866/4U2-KEEP.

Also, if you want to order videos from any of our 2004 American Contests, you can find links on our ADTS Contest Page or you can contact Mr. Video at 800/324-3949. Resourcing ideas then developing them into your own style is what creativity is all about.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
"It's the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, but it's the little differences that make them interesting." Todd Ruthman
"Learn to pause . . . or nothing worthwhile will catch up with you."
Doug King, business executive
"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty."
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960) business executive and philanthropist
"When you endeavor to do what's right against all odds, even if you don't at first succeed, there is nobility and even majesty in such setbacks."
Herb Cohen, negotiator

We have successfully completed three of ten weeks of competition season seeing some magnificent talent. Make sure to visit our ADTS Contest Page to view the results of the previous contests and watch for the schedules of the contests ahead.

Being a part of a team, whether it is a school or a business, requires listening to the coach. Below is a short passage from Zig Ziglar that can apply to everyone. I hope that your team is experiencing great success this season!

Have a great week, and, as always, please keep in touch!


Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®


Listening To The Coach
by Zig Ziglar

The young athlete who aspires to greatness, generally speaking, learns a number of things from several different coaches. The first one taught him the fundamentals; the second one instilled discipline in him and taught him more of the techniques that must be mastered to excel. Finally, the coach who had the rare ability to spot the athlete's unique talent and then maximize that talent by teaching proper techniques.

The one thing coaches cannot tolerate... is the individual who grows arrogant because he excelled at a lower level and believes he has nothing else to learn... The coach clearly understands that regardless of the extent of the talent, it can be more completely utilized if the proper coaching technique is applied. That coaching technique will include teaching the athletes to become team players by fitting their individual talents into the team. That's significant, because there is a dramatic difference in an all-star team and a team of all-stars. The coach's job is to take the stars and make them a team. The athlete who won't be coached simply never moves up to that last level, which is necessary for maximum personal performance and a must if the athlete is going to be a major contributor to the success of the team.

The blending of this talent into the "team" applies in any family, business, orchestra, stage production, or any other organization of more than two people. Think about it. Listen to the "coach," and I'll see you at the top!



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