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Tool IQ

In the very popular Tool Time series (pats self on back), I call out the nine parts of the “RPM” approach to avoid being a “tool” most of the time. Here is a self-survey to assess your potential toolness. Answer Yes... Read More »
Tom Leu | 28 July 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Huff and Puff

While purposely rolling your eyes, squirming in your seat, huffing and puffing in apparent strong disagreement with another person’s comments, positions, or points-of-view, at least have the nuts to speak up when asked to share YOUR views. Otherwise, blow... Read More »
Tom Leu | 13 July 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Nice Wins!

It’s not complicated. It’s not impossible. But it is an inside job. Being “nice” is a lost art among many. Too many believe this is an outdated, unnecessary, and useless way to live. I disagree. “But you’re not always... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 April 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

The Opposite of Knee-Jerk

Stimulus = what happens to us. Response = what we do next. The “freedom” in between as the picture here illustrates also goes by another name called “communication skills.” And there’s a “big ass gap” between those who are... Read More »
Tom Leu | 10 March 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

the talk shiFt Top 10: Part Two

The talk shiFt Top 10 (Part Two)… Violations & Absurdities >> Part One (1-5) 6. Suspension of Disbelief – This is it’s own post… likely even its own book one day. Many folks believe in fairly tales. The internet is a... Read More »
Tom Leu | 01 March 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

the talk shiFt Top 10: Part One

The talk shiFt Top 10 (Part One)… Violations and Absurdities >> Part Two (6-10) 1. Offended by “strong language” – It’s not a matter of IF you use strong language or not, it’s a matter of whether strong language... Read More »
Tom Leu | 16 February 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Avoid-Dance

235″I don’t want to go there; I don’t want to talk about that…” I hear this quite a bit within the different aspects of my work. The frequency of this isn’t surprising, but the high price we pay for... Read More »
Tom Leu | 21 January 2014 | Psychology, Recovery | No Comments   

The Allure of Laugh

The following is an excerpt from my keynote speaking presentation of the same name: Laughter, it’s alluring. It pulls people in. It gets attention… We all love to laugh, but did you know there’s something called “laughter yoga?” I... Read More »
Tom Leu | 07 January 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Gate F8

Airports: One curious place where some people feel they’ve been granted a license to be a whiny, complaining, irritable shit head. It’s justifiable in their minds I guess… Because after all, their delayed flight and subsequent inconvenience is somehow... Read More »
Tom Leu | 04 January 2014 | Psychology | No Comments   

Spaced Out

What happened: Waiting in the long line for concessions at the movie theatre, while the guy behind me is literally breathing down my neck, practically on top of me, impatiently huffing and puffing semi-obnoxiously over the slowness of the... Read More »
Tom Leu | 27 December 2013 | Psychology | No Comments   

Wait Staff

Waitress: Thanks for being so nice to me guys. Me: Of course, why wouldn’t we be? My son: Yeah, aren’t most people nice to you? Waitress: No, not at all. Most people are pricks, much of the time. My... Read More »
Tom Leu | 22 December 2013 | Psychology | No Comments   

Tom Leu Interview on The Inside Pitch Radio Show

Tom is interviewed for The Inside Pitch Radio Show by Marvin Lowe in April 2013. The Inside Pitch is broadcast on WHBU Talk Radio AM 1240 from Anderson, IN. Tom talks about his speaking business, photography, and philosophies for... Read More »
Tom Leu | 18 April 2013 | Interviews | No Comments   

3650

3650… The number of days of continuous sobriety today, 12/17/12. The number of times I questioned my ability to really do this. The number of times addiction encumbered me. The number of times recovery from addiction empowered me. The... Read More »
Tom Leu | 17 December 2012 | Recovery | No Comments   

It’s Scary

It’s so simple, it’s scary. Fact: Exemplary communication skills (verbal, nonverbal, emotional, & written) yield personal and professional opportunity and advantage. Scary simple, but not easy… What’s even scarier is the assertion that most people suck at their communication. That’s right,... Read More »
Tom Leu | 23 November 2012 | Psychology | No Comments   

Tool Time-Part 3

The Tool Time series embraces the RPM model of Communichology™ strategies. In the two previous Tool Time articles, I recommended embracing the 3R’s (Part 1) and the 3P’s (Part 2) to avoid being a “tool” much of the time. In this final installment, here now are... Read More »
Tom Leu | 30 October 2012 | Psychology | 1 Comment   

Tom Leu Interview on Rockford College Radio

Tom is interviewed on the Rockford College Radio show Rockford Originals by Vince Chiarelli in June 2012. Tom talks about his music (bands and books), the Ground Level TV show, and his speaking business among other things. ************************ Vince:   Hello, and... Read More »
Tom Leu | 30 June 2012 | Interviews | No Comments   
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