On February 23rd, twenty participants in our Personal Enrichment sub-series enjoyed a special workshop: “The Power of Positive Communication”. Red Katz, an entrepreneur and inspirational speaker, hosted the session. Red is also the author of “Live Your YOUlogy”, which focuses on the importance and need of positivity when it comes to personal outlook and developing community.
Red began by asking the group if they were conscious of the words they use when speaking. Red emphasized the need to erase the word ‘can’t’ from one’s vocabulary, and to replace ‘try’ with ‘choose’. These tips, along with the reminder to be grateful in life, allowed Red and class participants to explore the opportunities and benefits a positive mentality can provide individuals and those around them.
At the start of the workshop, it was clear that focusing on positive thinking is not always easy, especially when it comes to uncompromising management. “I have a problem with authority. I’ve been in a lot of places because of that, and have paid the price dearly,” one participant admitted.
By the end of the workshop, none of the participants were harboring on negativity or past frustrations. Instead, participants shared why positivity was something they could look forward to. “I did 25 straight years in prison. I’m not glorifying it,” one participant explained. “The reason I’ve changed is because I’ve done a lot of people wrong. I appreciate the attention and valuable information that Career Gear gives me. It makes me feel strong – and that makes me feel good. I have an apartment and a hot shower,” he pointed out, adhering to Red’s advice to focus on something to be grateful for.
“Once you have that spiritual mindset, all you have to do is keep the fire kindled and good things will happen,” another workshop member explained. The message for positivity is clear, and the effect for one’s personal mission and their interactions with others are intertwined.
“People like a positive attitude. It festers within itself in a positive way,” Red explained. Interactions with co-workers, management, friends and yourself are all bettered through positive thinking – and the way that feeds back into the community is the ultimate added bonus.
“I’m a father – a new father. I had my first child at 48. The younger generation is important to me. I want to be part of something where I can help educate the youth,” another participant added. They say intentions drive actions and Career Gear is glad Red is able to help support such positive intentions.