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Welcome to ROLL THE DICE

Welcome to the category of surprises!

I figured if I’m going to throw my hat into this blogging arena, I might as well create a place where I can talk about anything that might not fall neatly into one of my other categories.

Roll The Dice

In Roll the Dice you might find a movie or book review, info on a great app to check out, tips on owning your own business, leadership skills, or a product recommendation that has nothing to do with health or fitness. I’m checking out a lot of cool blogs as I begin mine and I’ll link you to some good ones no matter what the topic.

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Sid’s Sense- Let’s Make a Deal: The Empowered Negotiator

Negotiation is a process that requires a mindset, tools, and a defineable goal.

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The Mindset of the Negotiator  

The 3 key “negotions” (a term I coined to mean specific “emotions” in a negotiation):

Sincerity.  Nothing, I mean nothing, is more important in a negotiation than sincerity.  When you are sincere, you are believable.  You build trust.  You are not out to hurt or harm but to reach a goal.  You create an aura of team spirit with a win-win mentality.

Enthusiasm.  “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Act with enthusiasm.  Exude passion.  Show conviction.

Urgency.  Don’t waste time.  Strike while the iron is hot.  Urgency IS an emotion.  It is heard in your voice.  If you don’t think urgency affects outcomes, look at what happens after the 2 minute warning in a football game when the losing team is down by 2 points.

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Sid’s Sense- Persistence & Phone Power: The Magic Bullets

The shortest distance between two points is a phone line.

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You may want to take a seat for this one.  Two stories to demonstrate the magic bullets in action.  The first will amaze you.  The second will pause the action to illustrate specific techniques you can use to make the phone one of the most useful tools in your own life.

Sid makes a person-to-person call to the Pope in Rome

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Sid’s Sense- Getting Results

Success doesn't occur in a vacuum. To lead a FIT life, you must know how to handle people.

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Beware of the tyranny of assumptions  

How many legs on a table?  If you’re like most people, you immediately think four.  We make assumptions based on experience, perception, intuition, and signals.  Assumptions are useful and help us cut to the chase.

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Sid’s Sense- Inside Success

Success begins with your own internal belief system. These 5 life lessons define those beliefs.

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How do you eat an elephant?  

Sid’s greatest lesson of all.  Maybe less profound but nonetheless powerful.  I’ve heard this so much my entire life that I’m on my 5th or 6th elephant already!  (of course, I don’t approve of the metaphor because I don’t eat animals:).

You eat an elephant one bite at a time.  Ever had a challenge in your life?  Felt overwhelmed, anxious, uncertain?  Of course!  Just remember the elephant.  One baby step forward and then another and then another.  The view can change with each step.  Keep your eye on the prize- nope!  Keep your eye on the path so you can see where you’re going.

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Sid’s Sense- The Pajama Lawyer

Hugh Hefner is not the only man who made his living in his pajamas.

Sidney, my 85-year-old father, settled more cases in his pajamas than he did holding a briefcase in a courtroom.  By the end of this series, Sid’s Sense, not only will you know how he did that but working from home will start to sound way more comfy than those starched shirts and high heels!

Sid has been practicing law for over 50 years.  He’ll be the first to tell you his greatest lessons were not learned in law school.  Having been a salesman, journalist in the army, liquor control officer, and restaurant owner, he learned how to handle people from a young age.  He has always been a self appointed advocate.  Conflict never causes him the agonizing uncertainty most of us struggle with in life.

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