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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

“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   

Dream-Stealers

“We are all either building our own dreams or building somebody else’s.” ~ Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge Distance yourself from dream-stealers… you know who they are. Those people who take energy and inspiration from you rather than give it... Read More »
Thomas Leu | 02 July 2013 | Psychology | 3 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 | "Conversations with Tom" | No Comments   

3650

**Note: this was originally written in 2012. All still true, just with many more days added of continuous sobriety. If I can, you can too. No doubt about it… ********** 3650… The number of days of continuous sobriety today,... 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   

Good Isn’t Good Enough

If you are willing to satisfy people with good enough, you can make just about everybody happy. If you delight people and create change that lasts, you’re going to offend those that hate change in all its forms. Your... Read More »
Thomas Leu | 11 October 2012 | Psychology | No Comments   

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 | "Conversations with Tom" | No Comments   

Go Your Own Way

This short video is of Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Outliers) discussing the band Fleetwood Mac’s story as an illustration of the – often – very long time it takes to truly become great at something. The comment below it prompted my reponse that follows:... Read More »
Tom Leu | 20 June 2012 | Psychology | 1 Comment   
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