The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think,
say or do:
1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Enhance your leadership skills with improved speaking skills
Jason VanderPal provided a lesson in the value of strong communication skills during our May 13 meeting. VanderPal, a local minister and professional sales trainer, walked us through his formative years with a major retailer out west.
Employed at Guitar Center in California for several years, VanderPal was asked to give a speech during the firm's 2007 national conference. That presentation was so well received, he was offered the manager's position at Guitar Center's Hollywood location - their flagship store. "I have a 20-minute speech to thank for that," he says.
Interested in enhancing his public speaking skills, VanderPal joined Toastmasters, then enrolled in an intense, three-day workshop created by renowned public speaking trainer Bill Gove. VanderPal shared some important tips from that training.
1. Make a point, then tell a story. Segue into your story by saying, "Let me give you an example." Examples and stories help audience members understand your point.
2. Think funny. Incorporate a joke if you can. If not, relay an anecdote from life. "Funny things happen everyday," VanderPal says.
3. Avoid being a "teacher." Don't bury your audience (or customer) in features and details. "You don't get paid to teach," VanderPal says. "You get paid to entertain." Make your presentation lively and interesting.
4. Make sure you rehearse. You become more comfortable with your material, which improves your delivery and helps you overcome any glitch during the presentation.
VanderPal left Guitar Center in 2011. His career to that point had been, by any measure, a success: being named one of top five salespeople in the nation and earning an Outstanding Innovation award for his approach to retail sales. A Wisconsin native, VanderPal had been involved in the ministry in California. He learned of an opening for a ministry position in the Badger State. Seeing that as a new calling, VanderPal accepted the role of Executive Pastor at The Ridge Community Church in Greenfield, Wis. It was "too good of an offer to pass up, " he says.
Meantime, he continues to speak, and offers sales training to retail organizations through his program, Rock n' Roll Retail. For in the end, a lot of one's success depends on communicating well.
"The key to your next level of leadership," VanderPal says, "might be to take your speaking skills to the next level."
Sorting food for needy families
Sporting their "Rotarian At Work" safety vests, members of the Rotary Club of New Berlin, along with other volunteers, sorted food at the New Berlin Food Pantry on May 9. The food items were collected during the Postal Service's annual food drive.
Most of the food items were delivered by postal employees. Some private citizens also stopped by to drop off bags of food. Barb Jacob, assistant director, estimates that the food pantry took in 34,000 lbs. of food items. This was perhaps the largest food drive to date, "which is awesome," she says.
Rotarians helping out included Art Angove, Stephanie Friemoth, Tom Fuszard, Pat McLaughin, Dianne Moore and Bob Schaefer. Several Interact students, from New Berlin Eisenhower, also took part. Rotary Club of New Berlin was glad to help out for the third consecutive year.
The food items, which were bagged and stored in postal bins, are initially set into wheeled carts. This allows the food pantry to estimate how much food (by weight) was donated. The gentleman at right keeps track as each cart is loaded. Note how full this particular postal vehicle was.
The full carts are then rolled next to the table at left. There, volunteers empty the bagged goods into cardboard trays. When full, the trays are transferred to the middle table, where the sorting begins.
This gives you a better perspective of the arrangement. Each bin and barrel is for a specific food item (green beans, tuna, pasta sides, boxed potato, and so forth). Food pantry staff and other volunteers, working inside the food pantry, review each item's expiration date, then shelve the products for distribution.
The New Berlin Food Pantry serves needy families in Brookfield, Elm Grove and New Berlin. The pantry is open only on Wednesdays. Food donations are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Please do not donate expired food. It must be discarded.) Needy families may collect their food items from noon to 5:15 p.m. Any questions, call the food pantry at 262-789-8040.
Jacob expressed her appreciation for the Rotary club's help. "You did an awesome job," she says. "Thanks a lot."
Rotary: Doing good all around the world
The Rotary Foundation supports ongoing efforts to eradicate polio (now found in just three countries in the world!), bring clean water and sanitation services to impoverished communities, and build schools and other structures, to name just a few.
This video offers just a glimpse of the important work Rotary International does for the needy everywhere.
Do your deals benefit all parties involved?
Adhering to high business ethics not just right, it's also good business practice.
Rotary clubs follow the Four-Way Test, which is shown on the left side of this page. For more on the value of incorporating the Four-Way Test in your business, read this article from the BizTimes of Milwaukee: