Free podcast of Kerry Patterson’s “Kerrying On” column published in the weekly “Crucial Skills Newsletter” (crucialskills.com). Communication expert and four-time New York Times bestselling author, Kerry Patterson, takes readers through his varied life experiences and draws insightful analogies to illustrate some of life's most poignant lessons. Be enlightened and entertained as Kerry Patterson shares his vision, experience, and advice about how people communicate in ways that are insightful and fun.
May Day Redemption
In the fall of 1952, my mom carefully dressed me in my yellow raingear, kissed me on the cheek, and sent me down the long road that would take me to Larrabee Elementary School. There, far from Mother’s focused tutelage, my first year of grade school unfolded at a pace that was so unbearably slow, I feared I would burst into flames out of utter frustration. At home, things moved along nicely. At school, we spent three days studying the letter A. It was if the very fabric of time had been altered.
Your Very Own Culture Change
When my partners and I first organized our company nearly thirty years ago, we were surprised by the stance our employees took on snacks. That’s right, snacks. The day we opened the doors of our burgeoning consultancy, we decided to stock the communal refrigerator with tasty fruits and juices.
The Perfect Amount of Abuse
In the spring of 1964, as I approached my eighteenth birthday, my dad concocted a harebrained scheme (is there any other kind?) to help save money. His plan was to take advantage of our family’s health insurance by having me undergo medical procedures that our carrier would stop paying for—the day I turned eighteen.
The Fast Track to Joy
When I was seven years old I learned how to ride a bike. I learned on my brother's old, stripped-down, J.C. Higgins. It was a pathetic little thing possessing no fenders, no handle bar grips, no hand brakes, no . . . just about everything. Then, of course, I wanted to ride the bike every chance I could get, but since it was my older brother's pride and joy, well, you can guess how that worked out. Yearning for a vehicle of my own, I tried to save money to purchase my own bike, but at age seven I only earned 50 cents a week allowance and I usually spent 40 cents of it on a trip to the movies. Every week, I was torn between watching Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, and the other heroes of my youth—and saving for a bike. Mom saw my dilemma, and after watching me eyeball my brother's bike for the thousandth time came up with a plan.
Our Red Rock Christmas
I suppose that the Christmas traditions we cling to the most as an adult are the ones we enjoyed the most as children. This means that for some people, pine trees covered with lead-foil tinsel are a must. For others, if the family wassail doesn’t contain fresh pineapple juice, why, it’s simply unacceptable.
For almost ten hours, I had been waiting to shoot a video clip that, one day, would become one of my favorites. Our production team had started early that morning by taping an example of how to get a meeting back on course.
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