Elevator Speech: United Tai Chi digest 4/29/14


  • In transition. Underemployed. Job seeker. Between gigs. Laid off. Seeking other opportunities. These are phrases several of us have uttered at least one time in our lives. Workshops and support groups seek to advise how we can craft our ‘impact statements’ or ‘elevator speech’ that is meant to be a quick summary introduction to our professional selves for potential contacts or employers So too, internal arts teaches us to look inside ourselves to come to a better understanding –to know ourselves first before we can best interpret a competitor, colleague, social contact, family member, opponent, etc.  Are we a competitive, energetic, organized real estate sales consultant who is proactive at anticipating needs and works well with others? A calm, courteous and patient certified nursing assistant with 10 years experience who quickly identifies tasks to be accomplished and builds rapport with supervisors? A confident, creative, open-minded art director who can present ideas effectively and develop an accurate budget or implement a fund-raising event? Like a menu of interchangeable options from column A (transferrable skills), column B (technical skills) and column C (personality traits) we must somehow convey in two minutes what it has taken a long time to experience and achieve.  What we have come to diagnose and reflect on about ourselves after much thoughtful consideration and meditation. Just like we do every day with our tai chi practice, albeit with a more holistic health and mindfulness intention. Yet here we seek to also achieve the next step –forgetting ourselves in order to understand and read others better.  Another skill we should perhaps try and adopt on the job or next career transition path. What is your own version of the ‘elevator speech’ from the perspective of years of personal internal diagnostics?



  • Shares/Finds: Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, should have a lot of new updates on his website this week from the various global celebrations on April 26 http://www.worldtaichidady.org (and see our own local notes below). 



  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Exploring the tree tan tiens (of the foot, arm, hand, torso, etc) in many of our postures. Foot positions and transitions for Pull Down/Shoulder Strike and Single Whip. Tricking your mind and challenging muscle memory. Outdoor Blue Buddha 4/19 class worked on the intricacies of Carry the Tiger Over the Mountain. Discussion about internal connections for each of our Thirteen Postures. Drills on the Eight Powers, tai chi crane walk, and some Bagua animal stepping (lion, phoenix, bear).  Ward off drills, circling, fear, trust, releasing tension, white crane practice, and finding the components of Grasp the Sparrows Tail mirrored in Single Whip.


  • Student News & Events: Thanks so much all who shared World Tai Chi & Qigong Day with us this past Saturday. We had about 15 folks and did some Eight Pieces of Brocade, Ten Breaths, Five Colored Clouds Around the Mountain, Growing Like a Tree and a bit of the Yang 108 form. It was a great weather day out amongst the trees and the water and the sun (some photos are up on our Facebook and Pinterest). Our new 2014 T-shirts are in, see this link for photo. They are $20 each and if you wear one to our qi-gong-in-the-park events this year you will get a $5 discount that day (dates TBD). Happy belated birthday to Phil G, Sue and Judith. Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 with details here, still time to register, though you have missed the early bird pricing discount. Social media roundup: Thanks @BeanCurdBoxer for favoriting one of our tweets (about seated tai chi for long plane rides), and welcome new followers @ASFselfdefense, @TaiChiviaNHS, and @ShaolinLotus. Thanks Ray and Claudia for recent LinkedIn skills endorsements. On Pinterest, welcome Gerald Klein, and thanks for the WTCD photo likes from Jackie Marshall. Welcome new Facebook fan Robin D, and In the WordPress news, the Phillipines is now on our roster of nations where a reader has hailed from, AND, our last blog digest post “The Return” is now our #5 most viewed for United Tai Chi! Thanks.


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  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA


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  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA


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  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA


  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA



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7 thoughts on “Elevator Speech: United Tai Chi digest 4/29/14

  1. Claudia Pietzner

    For me it is about becoming essential, being able to bring out the essence of many years of learning and experience, not so much about navel gazing. So for example “sinking” and “grounding” in tai chi, these two words had no body to them when I started practicing, now they are substantial and filled with years of practice. A condensation of my ongoing efforts. To me that is the perfect elevator speech, when one is able to fill a few words with essence, passion and experience. And the listener picks that up immediately. That’s why the same words from different people sound different. It is a wonderful effort to limit the words and maximize the content.

    1. United Tai Chi Post author

      The one phrase I am beginning to find more content in this year is ‘rooting’, and hopefully part of my own interpersonal elevator speech contains that notion.

  2. deborsini

    Transformation is the story I have to offer. Experience should and does bless us with wisdom, the ability to touch the young, the old, the weak, the strong and those so beat up all hope is gone. As a nurse with 33 years hospital experience, I have seen the joys and horrors of this life close up. I have no answer to the question, why. Learning to care for people, listen, teach, treat and many times just the holding of one’s hand through the years has shaped me in a way words can’t explain. I found myself seeking outs most of my life, ways to physically express the internal hurts and pains of all whom I gave myself to. I’ve walked down some dark paths as a result of this and eventually it took it’s toll on me. The caregiver became the one in need of care. I ended this and decided to walk a new path. As a result I am finding out, one day at a time, how joyous life is and always was. Tai chi has always been an anchor for me, although I walked away for years, returning has rejuvenated and restored all that was lost. The answer is yes as I realize I have much indeed to offer, and welcome every opportunity that comes along to give once again. With a gracious heart, D

    1. United Tai Chi Post author

      Fortunately this spring I have gotten a reminder into my level of sensitivity at reading someone I am trying to get close to, as I am gradually able to intuit their past hurts coloring their interpretation of me. And discovering a giver’s heart I didn’t know I had.

  3. deborsini

    Fellowship is the topic this week. Recently a group of tai chi buddies went out on an excursion to china town. Unbeknownst to them, this was far more than just an excursion. This rat pack, colorfully called because of the wide range in age, lifestyle and gender, sauntered through the streets striking up conversations, laughter and playful push hands on a mission to buy saber swords, oh the irony of it all. While searching in every shop, back alley and even a Hungar Dojo, back door use only of course, something else was found along the way. Resulting from the ease with which conversation took place, regardless of background, a bond was forming. Serene Grace,[Japanese: Heavenly Blessing]. After consulting with their Sifu, it ended with 2 of the pack buying tai ji swords, again unbeknownst to them, another blessing. Although the infamous saber swords were never found, something much more valuable, priceless, was given to them. The gift of fellowship, not to be found in china town or any store, it’s found along the way looking for items supposedly worthy, but incomparable. One of the pack, Deb

  4. deborsini

    Ah, we can forever talk in the elevator, actually I think I spent a good part of my life in elevators. Hospitals are notorious for that. Today the topic is breaking out. There is a song by Swing out Sister,”Breakout.” When we find ourselves moving forward and then that sudden stop comes along, as the song says all expectations gone, move on, don’t hesitate, breakout. Walking in confidence is so vital that when it’s threatened don’t start to ask questions, you’ve found a way to make it last, say what you want to say, breakout. If you google the lyrics these are some of the words, but I’m using them because it happened to me recently and these words fit my circumstance and how I chose to deal with it. Don’t leave your destinated trains, the time has come to make or break. Some people stop at nothing if you’re searching for something. I am partial to the lines, lay down the law, shout out for more, day in, day out, Breakout. We choose quickly, do I make this work, or does it warrant a break because it is holding me back. The choice comes quickly for if thought about too long it will break you, God forbid. Sometimes this includes walking away from people, but the right path will always place supporters along our way, tricky how life moves us. It’s not a game but a vision, one worth pushing towards always. Sister breakout, D

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