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by Greg McClanahan

(Editor's intro: Greg has used the right words with 150 manufactured home retailers and served firms such as Fleetwood Homes, Sam's Club, Conoco Philips, and with thousands of retail clients over the years in manufactured home retailing.)

Around the Campfire logoGreat leaders who have devoted themselves to continual learning and personal growth are more equipped to be able to say the right words at the right time. Those words may inspire your staff to improved productivity, encourage others to get behind a new company initiative, promote a desire for personal excellence, or maybe give confidence to a colleague experiencing a personal challenge.

Great sales professionals are equally prepared to say the right words at the right time in a sales presentation. To be able to understand a client's needs and to then select the right combination of words to affirm to that client that you are their best choice to fulfill that need.

A wonderful story that exemplifies the significance of saying the right words at the right time is told by Marlo Thomas. Every moment of every day is influenced by your words and actions. We hope you realize how significant your words can impact the success of your area of responsibility and ultimately the cumulative success of your company.

The Marlo Thomas Story

Danny Thomas, the famous actor, was a significant donor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His daughter, Marlo, continues in that tradition today. She was the Editor of a book entitled "The Right Words at the Right Time" of which the entire proceeds continue to be donated to St. Jude's.

The inspiration behind this book came from her own life experience when the right words were spoken to her by her father at exactly the right time. She thought if she could reach back in time and remember that moment when words made all the difference, certainly this must have happened to others. Over one hundred of her friends responded when she invited them to recall their 'moment' when the right words were spoken. Their stories fill this book.

She writes, "Each story is a glimpse into the heart, a moment of awakening, a light bulb that revealed a truth that has stayed with them for a lifetime, or a challenge that moved them to action."

Do you recall a defining moment in your life? Think back as you read Marlo's story of The Right Words at the Right Time:

"When I was a child I loved to watch my father shave. I sat on the closed toilet seat and marveled at the sound of the razor gliding over his face, pushing the foamy soap like a shovel in the snow. I adored him, this grand figure who slapped lotion on his cheeks every morning, buttoned his clean white shirt and hugged me good-bye.

Once, my father made a movie with Margaret O'Brien and he often took me to the set. I would cue his lines as we drove to the MGM studios with the windows open and the heady mix of Old Spice and a Cuban cigar swirling about us as we carried on a kind of rehearsal in transit. On the set I played jacks with Margaret between takes, and when the bell rang, I would join the crew in their silence as the cameras rolled and the boom mike moved into position to record the dialogue I knew by heart.

I was in awe of my father and sinfully envious of Margaret O'Brien. I wore pigtails. I wanted freckles. I wanted to be Margaret O'Brien. Ten years later, at age seventeen, I got my chance.

I played the lead in "Gigi" in a summer stock production at the Laguna Playhouse south of Los Angeles. The excitement of finally being a real actress was painfully short lived. All the interviews and all the reviews focused on my father. Would I be as good as my father? Was I as gifted, as funny? Would I be as popular? I was devastated.

I loved my father, my problem was Danny Thomas.

"Daddy," I began, "please don't be hurt when I tell you this. I want to change my name. I love you but I don't want to be a Thomas anymore."

I tried not to cry during the long silence. And then he said, "I raised you to be a thoroughbred. When thoroughbreds run they wear blinders to keep their eyes focused straight ahead with no distractions, no other horses. They hear the crowd but they don't listen. They just run their own race. That's what you have to do. Don't listen to anyone comparing you to me or to anyone else. You just run your own race."

The next night as the crowd filed into the theater, the stage manager knocked on my dressing room door and handed me a white box with a red ribbon. I opened it up and inside was a pair of old horse blinders with a little note that read, "Run your own race, Baby."

'Run your own race, Baby.' He could have said it a dozen other ways: "Be independent"; "Don't be influenced by others." But it wouldn't have been the same. He chose the right words at the right time. The old horse blinders were the right gift. And all through my life, I've been able to cut to the chase by asking myself, "Am I running my race or somebody else's?""

Can you think of the right words that have been spoken to you? Can you think of moments when you were the one who may have said the right words at the right time?

Words can shape our character. Our words are like the careful touch of the potter's hands when shaping a blob of clay into something beautiful. Be aware of the influence your words can have on the world around you and then choose each word carefully knowing that they just might be life changing.

To your success!

Around the Campfire logoGreg McClanahan is the President and founder of the Around the Campfire Organization. He also works full time for the Southern Ute Indian Tribes factory build housing operations as their National Sales Manager. If you missed his article last month, please access A Unique and Effective Training and Development Approach in our archives. What Greg didn't mention his Executive Summary is how affordable the Around the Campfire program is! For less than the cost of a single cup of java at Starbucks, your organization can provide a month's training for each team member. This is an affordable, quality process you can use to continually improve your organization with! Learn more about Greg's visionary personal and professionally development process at: www.aroundthecampfire.org or you can contact him at 180 Valle Escondido Drive Durango, CO 81303, (970) 759-1767; or via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Posts and feedback to the post below on the concepts noted in his article are welcome and encouraged!

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Manufactured Housing Institute’s National Modular Housing Council reports d…

Manufactured Housing Institute’s National Modular Housing Council reports dip in Q1 Modular Home shipments

As part of the ongoing mixed signals from the factory built housing market, the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) National Modular Housing Council (NMHC) reports that 2,763 new MODs were shipped during the first quarter of 2015 in the states where they track shipments. That is a 3.9% decline over the same period in 2014. There […]...

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29 Jun 2015

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Another Attempt by Locals to regulate Manufactured Homes may violate Federa…

Another Attempt by Locals to regulate Manufactured Homes may violate Federal Law

Melonie Roberts of the Monett Times  informs MHProNews of another incident of a troubling trend where local jurisdictions are attempting – perhaps out of ignorance – to regulate manufactured homes in a fashion apparently contrary to federal preemption. Pierce City, MO “Aldermen also approved an ordinance governing the age of mobile ho...

29 Jun 2015

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28 Jun 2015

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Analysts Give Manufactured Home Community giant ELS Thumbs Up

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26 Jun 2015

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26 Jun 2015

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Another New Manufactured Home Community Plan Advances

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Tax Bills Mailed for Manufactured Homes in Ohio

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ELKHART, Ind. -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame's Induction Dinner Committee Chairman Mark Wasson (Bluelinx Corporation), reports reservations for the induction dinner honoring the Class of 2015 are running ahead of last year's reservations.  Wasson said, "As of early June 15th more than 153 friends and family of the inductees have registered which is ahead of last year's record pace of registrations." In addition to these reservations, Golf committee chairman Trey Miller is signing up foursomes for the 2015 RV/MH Hall of Fame Golf Classic.  So far 11 companies and individuals have signed on as sponsors for the dinner and golf, according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall). This year's RV/MH Hall of Fame's annual Induction Dinner will be held on August 3, 2015, at the Hall of Fame's Event Center...

the MHMSM Team 16 Jun 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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RV/MH Museum Unveils Historic Shasta Exh…

RV/MH Museum Unveils Historic Shasta Exhibit

ELKHART, Ind. -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum's newest exhibit features a retrospective on the evolution of the iconic Shasta brand of travel trailers, according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall).  The display includes a 1954 Shasta that's been in the museum's inventory for years and a 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc, courtesy of Mick Ferkey, owner of Greeneway RV, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and a member of the RV/MH Hall of Fame board of directors. While the reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc has the look and style of the 1960s model, it is fully equipped with modern features and appliances, including a full bath. Searer noted, "Shasta has a rich heritage and is the industry's longest producer of RVs.  The brand has been...

the MHMSM Team 19 May 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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Dodd-Frank and Manufactured Home Financi…

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the MHMSM Team 19 May 2015 Corporate Press Releases

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10,000th home made secure and affordable…

10,000th home made secure and affordable through resident ownership movement

For Immediate Release May 1, 2015 Contact: Paul Bradley, President, ROC USA, LLC (603) 848-3254 CONCORD, N.H. — In less than seven years, ROC USA® has built on a proven strategy of resident ownership in New Hampshire manufactured home communities and scaled it across the country, transforming communities and building a network of 10,000 secure and affordable homes with partners in 14 states. ROC USA is a nonprofit social venture dedicated to making quality resident ownership of manufactured home communities (aka “mobile home parks”) possible nationwide. It works to provide democratic homeowner organizations with the opportunity, training and financing to purchase and manage their communities. Founding President Paul Bradley said ROC USA strengthens the local ownership of communities with the scaled resources and efficiencies of a national organization, coupled with the regional support of a...

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RV/MH Heritage Foundation Acquires Manuf…

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ELKHART, Ind., - Thanks to several generous donations, the manufactured home on display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, is now owned by the RV/MH Heritage Foundation (Foundation), according to Foundation President Darryl Searer.  The home was originally erected and donated by Fairmont Homes for a period of one year for the purpose of showing visitors to the museum the evolution of mobile homes of the early to mid-20th century to today's modern affordable manufactured homes.  Since it was opened to the public in late 2013 it has been toured by thousands of visitors to the museum. As the clock was counting down to the end of the year when the home would have been removed by Fairmont Homes, Jim Shea, president of Fairmont Homes, offered to let the Foundation acquire...

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FREE Educational Seminars Are Scheduled …

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These seminars were a major HIT at the 2015 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. MHPros from Coast to Coast and Canada came... ...they praised the practical information for their businesses. We expanded seminar room space 30%, and still filled it! Come see why... Wednesday March 25th, 2015 Wednesday 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Lisa Tyler from Walden University and other MH Experts will be speaking on reasons why Realtors ®, investors, MH veterans and other housing professionals should be joining the ranks of profitably advancing America's most affordable new home construction. Opportunities in Modern MH. This will be a fast paced panel presentation, with Q&A planned. Wednesday 10 AM – 11 AM. Super-Charged Marketing! Dominate your area with savvy Marketing! Learn how to sell more homes and how MHCs can fill more vacant sites. Attract more customers with cash and good credit....

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