My Dinner With Helen Thomas

With the recent incident that happened just before the summer, Helen took a break from public life until just two weeks ago when I visited Washington, D.C. to have dinner with Helen and some other very generous bidders who won Dinner With Helen Thomas with all proceeds going to a very worth charity.

As time permitted during our time that evening, we took a few minutes here and there to talk about life, how she was doing and just what she planned to do next. A woman with much to say, and a vast amount of information only Helen could share, Helen gave all at the dinner table more reason than ever to encourage her to share some of the most amazing stories than no one has ever been told about the numerous presidential administrations she served under as Dean of the White House Press Corps.

We spent a fair amount of time listening to her recount the days she spent traveling with then President Richard Nixon to China. Oh the stories she shared. None of us had any idea of what actually took place during that trip – at least not from the eyes of the woman walking alongside the President of the United States.

If you haven’t met her, to understand Helen Thomas you must be willing to accept the following as 100% true:
Helen Thomas is pro humanity and anti-war, anti-killing or anything that can put people in harm’s way. She does not nor will she ever accept war as an answer to anything but an increase in the loss of life.

Now, take into account the comments that caused Helen Thomas, who some consider the first lady of journalism, to end her career.
Don’t stop now. There’s more!

Just A Thought…Helen Thomas

I believe that everyone has a purpose. Today I heard that an amazing lady and a family friend decided to retire after decades of amazing and extraordinary service to our country. Her name is Helen Thomas. Helen has a fire in her belly that has burned bright throughout her career as Dean of the White House Press Corps and then as a columnist for The Hearst Corporation.

Helen is a woman who has and continues to wonder why our military must lose their lives without any idea of when, how or if the war these men and women are fighting will ever come to an end. She deeply cares about people in general and loathes the loss of life.

I spent a few days with her last year on two separate occasions. What a privilege, indeed. With all of the pain the recession has caused in my own life and the millions of others across our country, she offered me experienced and caring advice on focusing efforts to write a book and to look at ways to make a contribution to society and toward my own well-being.

So, this is what I am doing. As of this posting, I am finished with Chapter 2.

Do I judge all the good that Helen Thomas has done on behalf of women who wanted to be taken seriously in the workplace by one comment made a few days ago? No. What right do I have to judge anybody regarding any matter? She made a comment that was videotaped. It hurt many. She deeply regrets making the comment. She has said she is sorry. She has always hated the loss of life and would not intend to communicate otherwise.

In this case, I recommend we all consider a tried and true solution:
Judge not lest ye be judged.

Helen Thomas deserves more respect than becoming fodder for water cooler chatter.

The Good Stuff

In every area of my 20 years working in radio, TV, public relations, new business and communications both internal and external, it’s ‘the good stuff’ that matters. It’s not only understanding the human element but being able to speak all of the various languages each of us, and in business, each of your target markets understands.

If you truly want to succeed in public relations, communications, new business or simply in the business world, you’re going to need to embrace ‘the good stuff.’

Get ready to re-consider what you’re doing to reach your target market, find out how to develop simple ways to increase new business opportunities, communicate effectively in a way your target market wants to hear from you and last but not least…fill your own bag full of ‘The Good Stuff.’