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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Master the art of listening and get ahead listening A that can be learned Mastered and used appro priately listening can propel you to the top of your career field Lis tening will make you smart Youll become a brilliant conversationalist Youll be popular Respected Why does a good listener acquire more affection than a good talker Because a good listener always allows people to hear their favorite speakers themselves People are a thousand times more likely to be interested in themselves than in you Here arathe cardinal techniques for listening i f Look atfthe person who is talking toward the speaker and listen intently Ask questions Dont interrupt Reflect backusing the speakers wordsMyou and Yes But not com monly practiced Think about it When you last communicated with your fam ily wereyou looking at them or at the television When listening to a report were you focused on the speaker t recently participated in a staff con ference Only one person centered ort the speaker One man Wrote a memo Another placed engagements on his calendar A woman doodled Another stared at the floor A shoe lace preoc to each dther I of cotirse watched what everybody else was doing Eye at the speak er is crucial In trie first place look ing at the speaker is common cour tesy It gives the message that you care Also looking improves your hearing You pick up nuances in facial expres sion and body posture You concentrate better Looking at the speaker builds trust improves rapport Because the eyes are the gateway to the soul com munication at the deepest level comes from eye contact Leaning toward the speaker reflects interest A forward leaning posture encourages the speaker and builds con fidence in the relationship Leaning away indicates indifference or arro gance Asking questions is a high form of flattery Talking to others about them selves makes them feel interesting and keeps them fascinated The more ques tions you ask the more impressive you will be Remember Other people are just as important to themselves as you are to yourself Talking to people about themselves works with hunutn nature Talking about yourself works against human nature Knowledge is power and asking questions is the royal road to this pow er The more questions you ask the more you will learn The more you earn about the other person the more persuasive power you will have Ask ing questions will tell you what moti vates others You can then use this knowledge to help other people get what they want By helping other peo ple get what they want you can get what you want Of all the listening rules the dont interrupt rule gave me the most diffi culty I got excited I wanted to learn more I couldnt wait to hear what I wanted to hear so I interrupted I cured myself by remembering that interrupt ing equals impoliteness Every time I interrupted I visualized cutting off the other persons tongue Blood spilled on the floor I stopped intenupting To listen replace I me my mine The more the you word is used the more important peo ple feel The more important they feel the better they respond Listening begins and ends with making the oth er person feel important John Ingram Walker is a New Braunfels ml Of Ml Editor 1 am reminded of a recent television campaign in which successful people reflect upori the teachers in their past who made a difference in their lives with the underlying theme being Teachers can be role models too Then I see the case of a local high school student It is now tryout time for the high school dance team This student who is academically very sound has strong school spirit is drug free supports her school has parents who are involved and was a solid participant in the past years dance team has dance team try outs again with her peers Believing her spot on the team is secure being a returning starter this person also signs up as a dance team officer candidate a leader Preliminary tryouts are held and this person scores Very well the next day the tryouts begin she is first with her group she feels good about her per formance since she has participated with the team all year and knows the criteria Having finished she goes to change into her officer tryout outfit While she enthusiastically awaits officer tryouts with her teammates dance team mem bers are announced Quite unexpected ly she is the only one of her existing dance team to be cut Standing in her officer tryout outfit she is both devas tated and shockingly humiliated before her teammates friends and family Why Thats just the breaks Life is not fair Then will be a lot of disap pointments in her life true and we can choose to accept those standard answers but the reality of the situation is that teachers and systems become so bureaucratic when overloaded that they quickly lose sight of a critical role in developing our children positive rein forcement Could a mistake have been made Something overlooked In this j iiL i of the person we as if society and need so badly and and statues pay tribute to sought to make poiitivelnf contributions in our development Tttore are no statues of those who just ed that life is unfair Teaches can twite a difference Teachers can correct mis takes Teachers can be rote models too itf im i 2 s iA i Hh than perforttiance Prior years partici pation became irrelevant andi single performance was There was no major flubup made during the performance nor a predetermined score to be met or a specific requirement to be achieved Just a line struck across a of discussion I am not suggesting that we do not have rules or guidelines But I believe they should be fair even if it is not the way everyone else in the state does it For those of us who know this student we know an injustice was done Unfor tunately her teacher and the adminis tration choose not to see the negative impact of such an error and act power less to reverse the decision choosing instead to callously pass the buck up the ladder to those who sigh their pay checks while simultaneously reciting an all too familiar bumper sticker Therein lies a significant problem with our educational system We lose touch with what is really important in devel oping our children when we carelessly draw lines and destroy the very fiber students development when they hftfe V W Scott Johnso i New Braunfdt t IIUMM Hf nMI Editor I feel a reply is in order to Tee time i lost to Winter I am one of those from Minnesot i we too have a large number of sum mer people at our golf course some at even from Texas And we too have i difficult time getting an early tee time But we also realize that the tidy profi t our course shows at the end of the sea son is helped considerably by the sum mer And so we golf at lafc hours and rarely on weekends And we never make our Summer Peo pie feel they are not welcome There are many golfing dollars fron Winter golfers that are going to othe courses than Landa because of letter like Tee times lost to Winter Texans Audrey Lip fa NewBraunfel Pinto Ranch Grill thanked for Festtage benefit The Jacob Schmidt Building Help celebrate restoration of Schmidt building The restoration of the Jacob Schmidt Building is nearly complete The pub lic is invited to an open house Thurs day April 11 from 5 to The building originally constructed in the late 1800s was a twostory building owned by Heinrich Ludwig known asthe Phoenix Saloon It had an accompanying beer garden and pool Bells located in the trees were activated by push buttons to call wait ers to the beer garden where ladies bank After Jill no selfrespecting lady would drinkinside the saloon The saloon had a lunch counter and it was here that Gebharts Chili Powder was first concocted A R Ludwig added the third floor the east onethird of the building and the rear 30 feet with a second floor apartment The third floor was origi nally used as the Masonic Lodge The building was purchased by Jacob Schmidt in 1925 He converted the first floor to a clothing store and he and his family lived in the apartment The building remained in the Schmidt family until 1995 when it was pur chased by the new owners Tracy Lewis Kay Lambert Ernest Lambert and Luke Speckman Renovation of the exterior of the building is now completed Painting of the exterior window frames and the addition of awnings is scheduled for later in the year Today the first floor is a retail store the second floor con sists of five offices and one apartment and the third floor contains an artist studio and an office At this time the building is com pletely leased except for the apart ment one office and one large room on the third floor On behalf of Festtage in New Braunfels Holidays in New Braun we would like to thank all of the wonderful folks down at the Pinto Ranch Grill for a very successful ben efit evening on April 4 Through the ettorts ot me great start at the we enjoyed an evening of fun and food while supporting Festtage a new and exciting communitywide Christmas holiday stated Jan Kennady 1996 Chair of Festtage What a great way to spend the evening Dining at the Pinto Ranch Grill is quite an experience The new decor of the vintage New Braunfels home takes you back to childhood visions of cowboy matinees on Satur day afternoons Gene Autry serenades as you sip wonderful margaritas and dine on Southwest cuisine Certainly those that attended that special evening benefiting Festtage in New Braun will return time and time again enjoy this very unique addition to downtown New added Marian Benson Festtage 1996 Vice Chair 1 Festtage in New Braunfels would also like to thank those that came out to support this new program Many of you will recall Phase 1 of Festtage as being the enhancement of lighting on the Plaza this past Christmas season Phase II of Festtage is proposing even more lighting and activities for the 1996 season I believe that this is a wonderful way to bring our communi ty together at a very special time of each said Anna Lee Hicks con operates milesof electric trans mission lines Thats a round trip from Smith villertb Philadelphia LCRA tW MWII TO MAKI A rGO BOWLING SPRING BREAK SPECIAL DEAL Mar 15Apr 14 For All Students Marion NBISD Comal ISD Comal Bowl 1202HuisacheAve 6256263 Every 3rd Game Free Student Rate Game CHILDREN 611 YEARS OLD NEEDED FOR SPRING ALLERGY STUDY Do you have a runny nose sneezing congestion or itchy watery eyes in the Spring If so we need volunteers for an allergy research study involving an investigational medication Skin tests and evaluation by a Board Certified Allergist provided at no cost Qualified patients will be PAID up to CENTRAL TEXAS HEALTH RESEARCH Metro 6090900 Adult Allergy Study Also in Progress This great deal is especially for our home folks We appreciate youe business over the years and we want you to bring in this ad for a special discount I Valid up to 4 persons on all entrees daily specials MonFri only fll Not valid with any other offers New ftaunfds Smokehouse Factory V Why wait for your federal income tax refund I receive your refund anticipation loan in a matter of days I no cash needed all fees can be withheld from your check i available whether we prepare your return or not DAnn Carson coowner of the Pinto Ranch Grill receives a plaque from Jan Kennedy Marian Benson and Anna Lee Hicks sultant to Festtage at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Hicks added If you are interested in this program please give me a call at Again Festtage in New Braunfels says thank you to The Pinto Ranch Grill owners Steve Hamlet and PAn i Carson managers Donna Muras an I Bard Ambrose the staff and a big wel come to New Braunfels Jan Kennady Chai Marion Benson Vice Chai r Anna Lee Hicks Consultant Get up to 4 months of BONUS DOUBLE TALK TIME from Wireless Come to Kraft Mobiletel and let one of our awardwinning account executives explain the details of cellular service We will assist you in selecting the right phone and rate plan that fits your needs 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