Our Weekly Message for November 17, 2004

Greetings special friends,

We have just returned from a glorious visit to Australia, the site of the 2005 International Dance/Drill Team Competition in Adelaide. We were able to visit the rehearsal of the Australia Dance Team and see their spectacular performance of “Australiana,” they will perform at the event. Jean Richards, contest director, has some great travel packages available for this even in July of 2005. If you would like more information, make sure to contact her at addt@senet.com.au.

Here are some thoughts for the day:
“It CAN be done.” found on the desk of Pres. Ronald Reagan
“Maybe if we did a better job of listening, history would not have to repeat itself.”
“You can never be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.”
James G. Bilkey
“Love isn’t like a reservoir. You’ll never drain it dry. It’s much more like a natural spring. The longer and the farther it flows, the stronger and the deeper and the clearer it becomes.” Eddie Cantor (1892-1964) entertainer

You can now access the 2005 Summer Camp dates on our web site. Many of you are planning family vacations and other activities in the summer. There are still a few commuter camps that remain to be confirmed. Please continue to watch the web site for confirmed dates within the coming month.

Next week is Thanksgiving and a week to remember to be thankful for so many things. We are thankful to have over 100 participants in the 2004 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade™. Make sure to tune in to NBC on Thanksgiving morning for live coverage of their performance.

Each day, we set small and large goals for ourselves. Some are short term and others long term. Below is a special passage from Patricia Haddock and her book “Leadership Skills for Women.” I hope that you find this inspiring for you and others this week.

Have a wonderful week, and, as always, please keep in touch.

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Teamฎ


Leadership Skills for Women
Crisp Publishing
By Patricia Haddock

Communicating a sense of personal power comes from a belief that you can reach your goals in your own way. Powerful people empower others and encourage others to express themselves openly. You communicate a sense of personal power by developing these traits:

Authority. Authority is inner confidence – a trust in your skills and abilities. It comes from the inside, from an attitude of “I can do that. I deserve success.” This attitude radiates outward as you assert your rights, honestly ask for what you want and need, and develop a willingness to give to others and yourself.

Assertiveness. Assertive behavior is active, direct and honest. It communicates an impression of self respect and respect for others. By being assertive, we view our wants, needs, and rights as equal with those of others. An assertive person wins by influencing, listening and negotiating so that other people choose to cooperate willingly.

Accessibility. The powerful person is a master networker. Good networking increases your visibility and gives you a valuable circle of people from whom you can give and receive support and information. Imagine yourself as the hub of a wheel surrounded by spokes of contacts.

Image. You communicate your power through your image. Do you project an image consistent with a strong leadership? Stand tall and walk proudly, remembering that you have value as a person. When you meet others, make direct eye contact and keep your handshake firm and friendly. Clearly state who you are and what you do.

Communication habits. Take deep breaths to project a firm voice. Avoid slank, jargon and vocal hesitations that can hinder effective communication. Use only the body movements and gestures necessary to make your point, no more. Learn how to write clearly and succinctly.


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