Less Talk..More Listening

This is coming from someone who communicates for a living, and yes, it is true. I am here to tell you that the most important strategy of business communication, in my opinion, is the finely honed sense of when to not talk. Especially as a communicator, I can tell you (humbly, even) that the greatest business lessons I’ve learned have occurred during the times that my own mouth was shut.

Silence in the critical moments of a sales negotiations is a fairly widely known rule: He (or She) Who Speaks First, Loses. Fellow Forbes contributor Ken Krogue, of InsideSales, refers to this skill as The Paul Jarman Secret of Sales, in honor of a regional executive who uses the tactic exceptionally well.

Conversely, the inability to remain silent in negotiations can be deadly. For example, years ago, my partners and I were given 30 minutes to make our case in front of a senior executive. At the end of the presentation, my partner asked, “What would be your potential obstacles to hiring us?” We’ll never know what the CEO might have said, had he gotten a word in edgewise. The team member we’d brought along for experience filled the remaining air with praise for our company’s strengths. The prospective client was never given the opportunity to speak. Needless to say, we did not get the deal. (Nor did we ever take that associate into a sales discussion again.)

Good read!!! I often times need to remind myself of this!!! Click the link to finish reading!!!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2013/01/08/communications-biggest-secret-knowing-when-to-keep-your-mouth-shut/

Funny Hip Hop Story

I got this tidbit over at http://www.hiphopdx.com and I have to admit this story had me laughing for a minute!!!

DJ Whoo Kid has been working with 50 Cent for more than a decade. The two Queens, New Yorkers have gotten into several fights, even though most of them have happened out of the limelight.

“I’ve pissed 50 Cent off plenty of times and it’s always over some bullshit that the crowd doesn’t even know about,” DJ Whoo Kid says in an interview with BallerStatus. “He is such a perfectionist, so I can’t blame him. There was this one time — and it wasn’t even my fault because we had a production issue. The stage hand that operates the sound wasn’t muting the ‘Many Men’ volume from the video. While I would play the song, the audio from the video would be playing too. This idiot kept forgetting to hit mute, and after the third date, 50 starts getting pissed at me. I was sitting on top of the stage and there was this fire pole separating us, so he couldn’t punch me yet. Sometimes he’ll try to grab me or play fight, so after the show he grabbed me. The lights go out — and this is in Toronto by the way — I come down the pole, and my boy was like ’50 wants to see you.’ I go see 50 and he’s like, ‘Why you fucking everything up every show?’ Remember that rumor that 50 punched Lloyd Banks and he were leaving G-Unit? Well what really happened was 50 pushed me down, thinking that I fucked up the show. It was dark back there and I knocked into Banks and people thought 50 pushed Banks. Finally, 50 watched the show footage and saw that the sound guy was fucking up.”

DJ Whoo Kid says that he doesn’t know what happened to the sound guy, other than he got fired. The DJ never got an apologize from 50 Cent about the incident, though.

“The funny thing about 50 is that he will never say sorry, ever,” DJ Whoo Kid says. “50 knew I was so furious at him after all this shit. I was like, ‘Fuck you, nigga.’ That was in my head though (laughs), I didn’t say that to him. He knew I was mad, so this is how he says sorry: He puts his hand on my head and says, ‘I love you, man.’ 50 never says sorry, but we’ve been touring for like 10 years. So, we have this real relationship. That is just the perfectionist in him, but he’ll never say sorry. If I’m off by one beat, he’ll stop the show and call me an asshole even if I just did two hours perfect.”

DJ Whoo Kid doesn’t have the same history with Nas, but he crossed paths with Nas at SXSW last month. He wasn’t sure how Nas would react to seeing him.

“I haven’t seen him since forever,” he says. “I said some shit in the past, but we both from Queens and we worked together in the past. I wasn’t sure if we were cool now or not, so when I saw him I hid behind a bush. Nas saw me and he was like, ‘Man, come from outta those bushes.’ I guess we are all good now, we are about to work together on some shit.”

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Aaron McGruder Releases Statement On Departure From “The Boondocks”

southeastwilson:

I didn’t report this tidbit until I knew something definite!!!!

Well here it is….!!!!

Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

(AllHipHop News) Fans of the animated program The Boondocks were excited to find out the show was returning for a fourth season this year, but they were also puzzled when word got out that the series’ creator Aaron McGruder was not involved in the making of the latest installment.

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[ALSO READ: Trailer For Season 4 Of “The Boondocks” Hits The Net]

McGruder addressed his departure from The Boondocks in a statement posted on the show’s Facebook page. He wrote:

As the world now knows, The Boondocks will be returning for a fourth season, but I will not be returning with it. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Sony and Adult Swim for three great seasons.

I created The Boondocks two decades ago in college, did the daily comic for six years, and was showrunner on the animated series for the first three seasons. The Boondocks pretty much

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The Get Back

Ahhhhhhh man!!!!

I’ve been under the weather for the past week so I’ve done nothing except lay low and work on recovering.

Enough about that though!

Stay tuned because the releasing of music is about to go full steam ahead!!!

I played with the idea of packaging these releases but there is no structure to these songs so I won’t. I’ll just throw them out there and see what happens.

Sorry for such a vague post….but that’s all I have for the moment!!!

Stay up!!!!

Peace!!!!

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AllHipHop Exclusive: Raekwon Believes “It’s Bigger Than Money…”

southeastwilson:

Good read….if you’re into Raekwon and his thoughts on his music and the long awaited Wu reunion….you should read it!!!

Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

Raekwon is Hip-Hop.  His rites-of-passage, both right and wrong, have been displayed on the global stage. As part of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan , his waxed words have created history.  This determined MC has also earned critical acclaim as an revered solo artist. The motivation behind both his creative and his financial actions is to secure an enduring legacy. Time will champion his continued efforts.

In this exclusive interview Raekwon speaks candidly about the Wu-Tang Clan, his upcoming album,  and why it’s always bigger than money.

AllHipHop.com: Wu-Affiliate, Killa Sin, was charged with attempted murder. With you being hailed as Raekwon The Chef, what’s your perspective on an MC’s lyrics being used to help convict him?

Raekwon: They’re gonna always try to bring that up in any case, ‘cause it’s going into who that person is. But it’s just a name, you know. I think dude—things happened for the wrong reason…

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I’m Just Doing My Job…Nothing Special

I was told I was special due to the wonderful gift of creating music to which I humbly declined in acceptance.

I’m not special for doing something that is hardwired in my DNA. My pops is good at making music as his father before him. Simply put….I had the tools and the inspiration to create music from birth. Maybe, the life I was given was a special one….

I’ll accept that!!!

However….what I do doesn’t make me special. There are millions of artist out here in the world that offer a look into the mind of an observer who interprets life and gives back my sharing their outlook.

Maybe some songs I create are special…..I’ll accept that!!!

But me as an individual, I don’t feel anymore special than the next person. I’m here for a reason as we all are….maybe the reason I’m here is special!!!

But….

Not me!!!

I’m just doing my job!!!

#SOULFULSUNDAYS – Tall Black Guy – Sade’s Taboo (Sweetest Taboo Blap-Up)

southeastwilson:

A producer to keep an eye on. I’ve heard his music here and there on mixcloud and I have to say….

You might wanna go check out his bandcamp page!!!!

Originally posted on CISETVBLOG.NET:

SOULFULSUNDAYS BANNER #2

As a thank you to my fans, I thought that it would be a good time to put up a track that a few have been asking for. Good things come to those who wait! Enjoy,

TBG

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