Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 513 See the Good, Be the Good Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 513

Yesterday, Laurel officiated the funeral for a well-known and beloved Cleveland Federal Court Magistrate. Judge Perelman had come up through the ranks as a law clerk and became recognized for his fairness and objectivity when writing opinions. Judge Perelman was a fair, compassionate and impartial judge on the bench, and an open minded, caring, non-judgmental human being outside of the courtroom. As they prepared for the funeral on Monday, the stories of this man’s life began to flow like a...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 512 What’s Your Opening Statement? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 512

Whether you deliver your speech, being interviewed, or create your videos or podcasts content here are my favorite 10 opening statements and several examples: “Imagine” – present a scenario that puts your listener’s mind into exploring various possibilities.Example: “Imagine your web site generating passive income 24×7 and constantly expanding.”   Your clients’ questions and concerns – Reflect on recent conversations you’ve had with your clients and identify some of the key questions and concerns discussed.Example: “One of the key concerns...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 511 I Did It My Way Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 511

I know I’m a bit obsessed with my dog, Juno, and for that, I apologize, but it’s been a tough, few, days as we all anxiously awaited the arrival of her puppies. I have learned a lot more about female dog fertility than I ever wanted to know, but it was truly a fascinating journey. Today, dog breeding has become a precise science and gestation is 63 days, so we knew that the puppies had to be born on or...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 510 Time for Breakthrough Changes Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 510

About 10 years ago, Laurel and I had the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain as a brief, 5-day stopover on our way home from Israel. We explored many of the famous sites and creations by the famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, including the breathtaking La Sagrada Familia church. Another highlight was a trip to the Pablo Picasso Museum where we stood in awe at the works of art displayed throughout. It was remarkable to see the different phases of...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 509 Let Them Eat Cake Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 509

Congratulations to us! We’re going to be grandparents again! Ok, our dog, Juno, is expecting 8 plus puppies next week and we are getting very excited and very nervous. Juno is a petite thing and a poor eater which is causing us a lot of anxiety since she needs to increase her daily calorie intake fourfold. Many of you who know me, know that food isn’t an issue in our house. We are not used to a picky eater, especially...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 508 Is a Visual Worth a Thousand Words? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 508

I am a huge fan of using visuals, diagrams, or as I refer to them as Transformation Visuals® to help us illustrate functions, methods and also use as diagnostic tools. I believe these visuals succinctly communicate our concepts while saving us the need to use many clarifying words. Here are several examples: I have concluded that creating a powerful web presence to dominate the web is like putting together a complete jigsaw puzzle. The main components are strategizing, marketing, branding,...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 507 There Is a Blessing in the Lesson Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 507

Laurel and I will be heading to Columbus this week again to lead the Day of Atonement services (Yom Kippur) and I wanted to share an event that occurred just 3 weeks ago to the associate rabbi and the lesson I gleaned from it. As many of you know, this holiday season is analogous to the spring tax season for accountants! There is SO much preparation and Laurel and I have been creating, writing, and rehearsing for quite some time....

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 506 The 10 Hardest Days Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 506

There’s a wonderful children’s book that I read to my grandchildren titled, The Hardest Word. It’s about a bird named Ziz, that flies high above various towns and swoops down to speak to the children. He instructs them to bring the hardest word. One says, “pisghetti”, (spaghetti), is the hardest word. Others bring back words like rhinoceros and Rumpelstiltskin, but none is acceptable. In the end, he discovers that the hardest words for them and all the townspeople are “I’m...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 505 What Has the Pandemic Done for You? Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 505

My clients, Richard Citrin and Michael Couch, have thought-provoking conversations with great thought leaders on their Leadership Café show. One of the questions they often ask is: “What has the pandemic done for you?” First, I want to acknowledge the dreadful conditions and deaths the pandemic has brought to millions around the world. And rather than asking what the pandemic has done to you, I’d like to look at the question from a different angle which is, what has the...

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Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 504 Farewell to the Queen Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 504

Taking over the news this past week was the death of Queen Elizabeth II whose reign lasted more than 70 years, more than any other in British history. Elizabeth ascended the throne at age 25, during a chaotic time following World War II, on February 6, 1952, at the age of 25 after the death of her father, King George. She soon became a central and beloved figure for many in the United Kingdom and the commonwealth countries. Though not...

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