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April 2015

How a Blind Man Helped Me See

2017-01-17T17:22:25-05:00April 2nd, 2015|1000 Cranes News|

handpuppet_face_shotI’m proud to say that 1000 Cranes has been in business since September 2003!

We proudly filed our articles of organization with the State of North Carolina in 2003.   We will be going on 12 years in business, and it hasn’t been without its challenges, but I’m thankful to say that this little business has continued to be a bridge to delivering key business principles and applying these to the nonprofit community.

That has been our niche for many years.  We are in the business of helping nonprofit organizations become more effective through proven business practices to make them sustainable.

Part of the success of 1000 Cranes relies on the five principles that were created at the start of the business.

We call these the five philosophies which include:

1) Success comes from Faith and Vision

2) Success comes from Planning and Execution

3) Success comes from Embracing Change.

4) Success comes from Collaborative Relationships

5) Success comes from Helping Others.

Of all the philosophies listed here, the one that I believe has been the hardest to achieve for myself and […]

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September 2014

Standing In Your Space – Keeping Your Integrity

2017-01-17T17:22:25-05:00September 16th, 2014|Communication Powerhouse|

Stand in Your Space Naomi Takeuchi Leadership DevelopmentStand In Your Space.  I received a nice compliment Tuesday morning from a Toastmasters International friend in Raleigh.  Dan Scala told me that “I stand in my space when I walk in a room and that my presence makes a difference.” Essentially what he meant was, “I talk the talk and I walk the walk and people notice.”

We are getting ready to charter a new advanced club in the area, and his colleague also mentioned that whenever they needed help, I was there and how much he appreciated that.   I arrived at their Toastmasters meeting Tuesday morning a little after 7:30am, which for me as a nightowl is a commitment and somewhat of a sacrifice!

Deliver on Promises.  One thing I’ve learned in my years as a consultant is that it is always better to know what you promise and deliver on those promises.  It’s one thing to say you support someone, it’s another to actually make a concerted effort […]

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February 2013

Tandem Networking

2017-01-17T17:22:42-05:00February 13th, 2013|Communication Powerhouse|

iStock_000000478846XSmallHave you ever found that networking or “working a room” stressful?  I noticed early in my career that often the connections you make during a social networking hour can generate leads and introduce new people to your products and services.  Often “breaking the ice” can be challenging since opening a conversation can appear awkward or in some cases embarrassing.   That was the case for me until I discovered what I call “Tandem Networking.”  Just like riding a tandem bicycle requires the effort of two people to move the bicycle forward, “tandem networking” requires the efforts of two people working in unison!

1000 Cranes, LLC  Naomi TakeuchiCommunication Powerhouse Tip of the Week:  When attending social events, always bring a partner to work with you and practice “tandem networking.”  Some people call this having a “wingman” or a “wingwoman” where you work together to introduce each other to other people.  For example, […]

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January 2013

Wise Words Win Wonderful Windfalls

2017-01-17T17:22:42-05:00January 30th, 2013|Communication Powerhouse|

Writing Wise Words Win Wonderful Windfalls

January 30, 2013

Several recent posts have focused on the power of public speaking in becoming a Communication Powerhouse, but often the basis of a good speech comes from good writing.  Writing compelling words is especially important when developing a strong vision or mission statement during the strategic planning process.  The wise choice of specific words can move a sentence from being a satisfactory to being outstanding!

Communication Powerhouse Tip of the Week:
  Choose Your Words Wisely!  Sometimes “wordsmithing” may seem like a chore to some, but if you take the time to choose your words wisely, you’ll be amazed at what an impact you can make by being very specific regarding your words and phrases.

1000 Cranes, LLC  Naomi TakeuchiFor example, one client of mine had a mission statement that ended with the phrase:  “We are here […]

Your Actions Reflect Your Brand – Lessons from the Lance Armstrong case

2017-01-17T17:22:42-05:00January 23rd, 2013|Communication Powerhouse|


January 23, 2013

Celebrities are under continuous scrutiny from the paparazzi, their fans and the media, sometimes it’s difficult to separate the idealized version of these people to the reality of their true lives.  Fans want to see heroes and these expectations in some ways shroud the reality of one’s true character.  In some cases, celebrities work hard to control their image and will go to great lengths to protect that.

The recent Lance Armstrong case shows us how one man went to an extreme to protect his image, and when his real image came forward, there wasn’t much he could do to salvage it.  Appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Lance Armstrong only exacerbated his tarnished image causing more questions than solving them.  It was his latest attempt to yet again control his image, but in the end, the only way for him to redeem his image will be to perform honest acts with integrity.  There is a long […]

What's Unspoken is Just as Important – Taste and Touch

2017-01-17T17:22:43-05:00January 16th, 2013|Communication Powerhouse|

iStock_000002396149XSmallJanuary 16, 2013

Last week we reviewed the importance of the things you don’t say regarding sight and smell…today we address taste and touch.  You may be asking yourself, “how can integrate taste and touch into a speech and why is that important?”

I recently heard 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ryan Avery, at the District 37 Toastmasters Conference last November, and he mentioned in his workshop that taste is one of the senses that invokes memory and helps the audience relate to you.

Molly Quinn in her New York Times article also states:  “Scientists suspect that taste and memory are inextricably bound. That taste, like smell, bypasses the part of the mind that is logical and educable and travels directly to the primitive brain, seat of instinct and memory.”

On another level, when it comes to the sense of touch, Kenya Hara, Chief Executive of Nippon Design, states that “Without resorting […]

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