a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications July 2005

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Events to Help Your Business Grow


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Events to Help Your Business Grow

Join me at some of the following events:

Friday, July 1
7:00 -9:00 a.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Petroleum Club
7th Floor of the Energy Bldg, 8620 N. New Braunfels
RSVP here

Tuesday, July 5
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Presented by The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
Westin La Cantera
No RSVP necessary.

Thursday, July 14
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

UTHSC Update
with Dr. Francisco Cigarroa
Presented by the Area Business Councils of the Greater San Antonio Chamber
Northside Activity Center
7001 Culebra Rd.
(at NE Loop 410)
RSVP here.


Okay, I'm ready to move north. Any suggestions for a place that has temperatures in the 50 - 75 degree range?

  • Creativity
  • "What you can do, or dream you can, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
    --- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Do you have a burning creative spirit? Do you have something you can do to contribute to the arts? Have you always felt like you could paint or write or sculpt or dance or create music? What's stopping you?

    I think there are only two reasons that we don't fulfill our true creative selves.

    1) Lack of importance - We often do not create because we don't consider it important enough. Sometimes this is due to the other things happening in our lives that take precedence. The problem with having our own creativity take a back seat to everything else is that there never is enough time to do what we want to do. It's like a savings account. If you wait till the end of the month to put some money aside, it won't happen. If you "pay yourself first" you are much more likely to build up a nest egg.

    Sometimes this reason for not starting a creative project masks itself as laziness. Have you ever noticed that you seem to have enough energy (unless you are ill) for the things that "have" to be done? It may appear that the creative project takes too much energy or time or effort. When you hear this go through your mind, understand it for what it is. You aren't interested enough. Expressing your creativity just isn't important enough to you. Don't give yourself a hard time about this. Just accept it as a fact and move on. Do what is important. Eventually, the creative urge will nudge you again, and if your creative self-worth has increased, you will make time.

    2) Fear - There are two kinds of fear. One is the fear that is borne of experience. This is the same type of fear that keeps us from putting our hand on a hot stove. We have a decent idea what will happen if we ignore the warning.

    The second type is the fear that comes from trying to do something new. When we face this fear, we may not have any rational reasons for it. The majority of the time when I am blocked creatively or I postpone creative projects, it is due to this type of fear. I've learned that the stronger this fear appears, the more I need to try.

    Creativity is a gift. If you have postponed sharing your gift with the rest of us, take a first step. Give yourself a few minutes at the beginning of each day to work on that project. Your expression of this gift may be just the trigger that someone else needs to get started on their own creative action. There truly is magic in beginning. Let yourself enjoy a little magic and see where it leads you.

    Meanwhile, if you want to help the arts in San Antonio, contribute to theFund. Give $60 or more per year to theFund and receive a card that gives you and your family discounts on admissions and purchases at participating arts and cultural organizations. See for details.

    Last month's puzzle was: Divide the number 100 into four parts (call them A, B, C, and D) so that adding 4 to A, subtracting 4 from B, dividing C by 4, and multiplying D by 4 gives the same result. The answer was A = 12, B = 20, C = 64, and D = 4. A gift certificate is on its way to Maggie Seay, one of five people who answered the puzzle correctly.

    This month, I have a very different type of contest for you. Earlier in this column, I referred to a "nest egg." I'm fascinated by the history of common idioms (okay, I'm a little bizarre) and I recently discovered the origin of this phrase. This month's puzzle is not to tell me the origin of this phrase, but to make one up. Email your answer to me. I'll award a gift certificate at one of my favorite restaurants to the response that makes me laugh the most.

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  • Enjoy a Summer Discount on Training!
  • Does your organization need training in Business Etiquette, Business Writing, Communication, Customer Service, Team Building, Managing Change, Unlocking Your Creativity, or Work Ethic?

    Or could you benefit from group or one-on-one training in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint or Outlook?

    Are you tired of boring training or training that never seems to create any changes in your workplace?

    Call Crystal at 210-863-2250 to schedule June, July and August training that entertains and enlightens. Summer Special - 10% off the regular price on any training scheduled during the summer. Mention this newsletter when you call 210-863-2250. Click here for testimonials of previous trainees.

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