Category Archives: leadership skills

What We Must Know About Body Language

by Terry L. Sumerlin A young lady, dressed in business attire, enters a restaurant. Waiting to be seated, she leans slightly on the hostess stand as if it’s been a long day. When she’s seated, as per her request, it’s … Continue reading

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Our Communication Vehicle

“Words are vehicles upon which thoughts travel.” Audiences have heard me say that for years. I’ve been unable to find the original source of the quote. So I have sort of made it my own. The words conjure up, in … Continue reading

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When Not to Talk

by Terry L. Sumerlin I was asked if so-and-so is still alive. When I answered “yes” for the millionth time, the response was the same – for the millionth time: “Well, I’m surprised one of his ex-wives hasn’t killed him … Continue reading

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How to Really Listen

by Terry L. Sumerlin “I heard that!” Often we say this when we strongly agree with something that has been said, or when we know something to be true. My question is, “How often do we really hear that?”  In … Continue reading

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Getting Real about Optimism

by Terry L. Sumerlin Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Positive or negative? “Yes,” you say? Good answer, because most of us are not entirely one or the other. On the other hand, we have all run across those … Continue reading

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DARTing Past Fear

by Terry L. Sumerlin I was not exactly paralyzed by fear. But I was very uneasy. Yes, afraid! I had thought about giving it a try for a long time. After all, people of various ages, from all walks of … Continue reading

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HOW TO DEAL WITH WORRY

by Terry L. Sumerlin Do you ever worry? I’ve had people tell me that they never worry about anything. I’ll take their word for that. However, for the rest of us, worry can be a problem. We tend to worry … Continue reading

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A STORYTELLER’S STORY

by Terry L. Sumerlin It was a very busy, but incredibly good day in the Alamo City. It started at 4:30 a.m. After looking over my speech notes and reading for a while over some very strong coffee, I stepped … Continue reading

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