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Leslie Ungar


A communication expert, Leslie Ungar ignites clients and audiences to believe in the singular conviction that they are their own best solution. As president of Electric Impulse Communications, Inc., she helps individuals and corporations supercharge their leadership performance. She has her Masters in Communication and Rhetoric and is the author of two books, 100 Tips in 100 Days and Herbie's Hints.

Leslie Ungar hosts a monthly radio show called Forum 360. This show and her work within the corporate world provide access to executives and how they think. Her articles can be seen in the Florida based magazine Affluent, all the way to CEO Magazine in South Africa. She is often interviewed and quoted frequently in regional and national media. Leslie always has an opinion on current events in the pop culture, business, sports, and political worlds because she sees all issues through the lens of communication.

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Posts by Leslie Ungar:

  • Crabs In The Basket: It’s Bigger Than You

  • May 25th, 2018
    Crabs in a basket is a combination of urban legend meets YouTube. While there are a few different versions of the story, (one seen on YouTube) there is one I like best. Picture the kitchen of a restaurant. In a backroom [...]

  • Want To Get In The Conversation Fast? Build Your Own On Ramp

  • May 4th, 2017
    We kind of take the entrance ramp for granted. We are so used to getting on the ramp that we fail to see its value. Think about the purpose of the on ramp. Its purpose is to facilitate a car going from street to expressway [...]

  • 5 Reasons I Am A Hotel Only Girl And What It Means To You

  • April 6th, 2017
    With every new technology I have tried to embrace the newness. I tried Snapchat and Instagram. Years ago I gave up my beloved flip phone. I have a SMART TV that is smarter than me. I stream Netflix and Amazon like a [...]

  • What Going the Extra Mile Really Looks Like: 1000 Rings

  • What Going the Extra Mile Really Looks Like: 1000 RingsApril 3rd, 2017
    If you are like me, you may be tired of this election process and need something else to focus on. I know I do. This election cycle has given “he said” “she said” a whole new meaning. When I heard about the “1000 [...]

  • It’s The Communication!

  • March 28th, 2017
    “It’s the economy.” The phrase “The economy“, which James Carville had coined as a campaign strategist of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting President [...]

  • Princess Leia Asks: Do You Have Grit?

  • Princess Leia Asks: Do You Have Grit?January 13th, 2017
    Whether or not you were a Star Wars fan, there is no doubting the effect and influence of the Star Wars movies and the franchise. After Carrie Fisher died, I was reminded of women’s status in our real world and the [...]

  • When an Urban Legend Comes to Life: Sometimes a Unicorn is Real

  • When an Urban Legend Comes to Life: Sometimes a Unicorn is RealDecember 23rd, 2016
    Wikipedia tells us that an urban legend is a form of modern folklore consisting of fictional stories deeply rooted in local popular culture. A unicorn is an example of urban myth as is ice cream with no calories. Some [...]

  • You Can’t Always Know – Say Yes Whenever You Can

  • You Can’t Always Know – Say Yes Whenever You CanSeptember 26th, 2016
    I tell my clients that good things happen when you increase your visibility. The more you are in the spotlight, the more good things happen. I can’t tell clients exactly what will happen, but I guarantee good things [...]

  • Post: Meet the Machine of My Dreams: We Met at Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Meet the Machine of My Dreams: We Met at Saks Fifth AvenueSeptember 12th, 2016
    We are all familiar with the charging stands for our beloved phones and I-pads. We covet cord space that is unowned by another phone. Then we stand there guarding our smart whatever like a Rottweiler guarding its food [...]

  • The Sign in Front of You: Are You Missing What is Right in Front of Your Eye?

  • The Sign in Front of You: Are You Missing What is Right in Front of Your EyeAugust 15th, 2016
    It’s Complicated. After hosting a Saturday event at my office, I had limited time to get to a fundraising GALA. Let me just add at this point to the story, an expensive GALA where the most worthwhile time is the cocktail [...]

  • 5 Communication Perspectives from the RNC

  • 5 Communication Perspectives from the RNCAugust 11th, 2016
    As a quasi-journalist I was able to attend the RNC. As a Communication Expert, speeches are my oxygen. It doesn’t even matter if the speech is on something I know or don’t know, such as ions or electrons. I still [...]

  • The Glass Ceiling is Replaced by the Glass Shoe

  • The Glass Ceiling is Replaced by the Glass ShoeJuly 19th, 2016
    We have all heard about the glass ceiling. Whether you believe it exists or not, you have heard about it. For those unfamiliar with the term, the glass ceiling is defined as an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement [...]

  • Campy was Right, I was Wrong and LeBron was Somewhere in the Middle

  • Campy was Right, I was Wrong and LeBron wasJuly 12th, 2016
    I often talk about sports. I refer to examples in politics too. The main reason I talk about both is that they are such public examples of effective and less than effective communication. Sports is a public example of [...]

  • The Good Wife Comes to an End: What is a Good Wife Anyway

  • The Good Wife Comes to an End: What is a Good Wife AnywayJune 6th, 2016
    The TV show The Good Wife ended after seven seasons the same week-end that Frankie & Grace returned for Season 2. How coincidental that Alicia Florek literally ended both the series and her tenure standing by her [...]

  • For You or From You: Good Enough Isn’t Enough to be Great

  • For You or From You: Good Enough Isn’t Enough to be GreatMay 10th, 2016
    This hotel was like the little engine that could . . . it kind of could, it almost could, and it just couldn’t quite. Recently we stayed at a different hotel than we usually stay at while visiting family in Santa Monica. [...]

  • Has a Sentence Ever Hit You Over the Head Like a Ton of Bricks?

  • Has a Sentence Ever Hit You Over the Head Like a Ton of Bricks?April 7th, 2016
    Has a sentence ever hit you over the head like a ton of bricks? Isn’t it interesting the effect a sentence of words can have in a split second? We often think we have to talk someone into something, or the more we [...]

  • Can You Make a Convertible into a Hard Top? Can You Make a Hard Top into a Convertible?

  • March 22nd, 2016
    I used to try to make a car into something that it wasn’t meant to be. Before you laugh, did you ever try to make a lap dog into a watch dog or a one page report into a 20 page report? When I bought my first car I [...]

  • Are You the Emperor?

  • February 23rd, 2016
    It was said about one of the presidential candidates who has suspended their campaign, that “the problem, many donors say they believe, is that there wasn’t anyone on the team who both recognized his shortcomings [...]

  • Is There Anything Verifiable We Can Really Count On? Polls, Pundits and Polarizing Opinions

  • February 5th, 2016
    Recently a client called upset with his CEO. He read the handwriting on the wall. Or so he thought. He just wasn’t sure what the handwriting was saying. Should the client stay? Should the client leave? Should he look [...]

  • A Toast Needs a Ghost: 3 Reasons Why Wedding Toasts Are So Painful

  • January 8th, 2016
    A Toast Needs a Ghost: 3 Reasons WHY Wedding Toasts Are So Painful My feet were permanently damaged. Or so I thought. Standing for an hour in shoes not designed for standing made me a temporary cripple. In fact, standing [...]

  • Why Exceptions are Important Especialy on the Night Before Christmas

  • December 23rd, 2015
    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house . . . Mice or not, I just needed a room at the inn. I scheduled a well-known hospitality venue for a stay over the holidays. Rather than the traditional hotel, [...]

  • Do You Find a Way to Win or a Way to Lose? There May Be an Inner Browns Fan in All of Us

  • December 11th, 2015
    It’s not easy being a Browns Fan. We have endured a change of coach every 2 and a fraction years. The Browns have had 13 starting quarterbacks since 1999, 22 quarterbacks that have played in parts of games, and 3 different [...]

  • LeBron Knows: Do You Know What You Need to be Successful?

  • November 11th, 2015
    In Game 5 of this season, LeBron tore the sleeves off of his jersey while on the court at Madison Square Garden. He knew what he needed to do to be successful. Kevin Love rolled up the sleeve of the jersey on his shooting [...]

  • What Kind of Buy-In Do You Need to Move Forward

  • October 29th, 2015
    Buy-in is very much a 21st century word. I grew up in Akron Oh when Akron was rubber capital of the world. Firestone, Goodyear, Goodrich, General and the world made tires in Akron. We were taught in elementary school [...]

  • How 21st Century Are You? Or Are You Stuck in the 80’s?

  • October 6th, 2015
    I loved my Daytimer. Perhaps you loved your Franklin planner. I was more efficient with my beloved Day-timer than I am with my Smart phone, smart as it is. Even though I could take out my Day-Timer and make an appointment [...]

  • Change is good. Transformation is even better.

  • July 30th, 2015
    We use words all the time. Often we don’t really know or think about their meaning. Heart murmur was a word like that. Until my dog was diagnosed with one, I didn’t really know what it was. In business we use words [...]

  • The Bridge of Love in Paris – The Picture of Compromise

  • July 13th, 2015
    I am not a big fan of compromise. Yet I understand its role in our personal and professional lives. I wish compromise meant we did it my way. On a recent visit to Paris, France (not Paris, Texas) I saw an image that [...]

  • David Versus Goliath: 3 Things Parents and Graduates of 2015 Need to Know

  • June 29th, 2015
    Congrats on your child’s recent graduation. You were probably fortunate enough to hear a great commencement speaker at a college graduation. Robert De Niro, Maya Rudolph, Jon Bon Jovi, the Obama’s, and Flo from the [...]

  • What A Saying On The Venice Boardwalk Has To Do With You

  • June 12th, 2015
    “Cool story babe, Now make me a sandwich.” The boardwalk in Venice, California is filled with every cliché imaginable. That includes people and product!  The woman looks normal until she starts talking [...]

  • What Sarah Palin and Lebron James Have in Common . . . Sort Of

  • June 1st, 2015
    I admit it. I had a lot of problems with Sarah Palin. What I had the most problems with her was when she was running for Vice President of this country. It was her attitude about education and elitism that ‘got me”. [...]

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carly Fiorina: A Tale of Two Women – Choose Your Own Resume Now

  • April 20th, 2015
    Much has been and will be written about Hillary Rodham Clinton. Even the Rodham that popped up after she was encased in the White House . . . the first time. A closer look at Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina gives us [...]

  • What We All Have in Common with Claire Underwood from House of Cards

  • April 1st, 2015
    There is much I do not have in common with Claire the Ice Queen Underwood. I can only wish to look like she does in a simple blouse and skirt. And the backless dress she wore for the Russian State Dinner, well forget [...]

  • No More #AskHerMore

  • March 2nd, 2015
    Reese Witherspoon took to Instagram the afternoon of the Oscars to make a point: to ask journalists to ask the women on the red carpet more than “who are you wearing?” A phrase made famous by Joan Rivers. From my [...]

  • What We Can Learn from the Super Bowl

  • February 4th, 2015
    Whether you are a sport fan or not, whether you are a Patriot fan or not, we all can learn from Super Bowl 49. For that matter, we can learn from sports in general. On one hand we have heard about sports and their analogy [...]

  • Confidence V Arrogance: Defining Words We Use All the Time

  • January 22nd, 2015
    At the recent State of the Union President Obama drew loud applause from Republicans when he began a section of his remarks, “I have no more campaigns to run.” Departing from his prepared speech, Obama responded [...]