DEMONSTRATE ENTHUSIASM The reason he came to my attention is that he wrote to me on Linkedin. Despite both of us working at CNN’S Washington bureau, I’d never met him until he wrote to me. And when he wrote, telling me he and his wife were going to be travelling to Dublin for a week and could I please connect him with anyone for a speaking opportunity, I was compelled to respond.
Why? Because his email overflowed with enthusiasm and energy. “Oh, but that’s so fake and trite and are you kidding me?”
No, I’m not. I am unapologetic about the power of a positive attitude. I’m not saying it’s easy or it’s every second of every day, but with commitment and consistency it can make a difference.
For instance, years ago, I landed in Bucharest, Romania as a ‘television news consultant’ for one of the largest independent news outlets in the country.
The general manager approved my visit, but had apparently forgotten to tell any of the actual working journalists.
Without buy-in, I was in limbo. I sat at the assignment desk in the newsroom for three full days, trying to smile and catch the attention of