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What You Need to Learn from Dolly Parton about Communicating with Power

by | Nov 3, 2020

Did you know Dolly Parton turned down Elvis Presley’s offer to record her signature song, “I Will Always Love You?”

“It didn’t have anything to do with Elvis. I loved Elvis,” Parton says.

“The night before the session, Colonel Tom Parker, his manager, called me and said, ‘You know, we don’t record anything with Elvis unless we have the publishing, or at least half the publishing rights,'” she recalls. “I said, ‘Well, that throws a new light on this. Because I can’t give you half the publishing. I’m gonna leave that to my family.’ I said, ‘I can’t do that.’”

As the story goes, “I Will Always Love You,” earned Dolly not only a #1 hit, but also a huge cover version from Whitney Houston that propelled this song to an even higher iconic status.

And it did make Dolly Parton rich. (She says so… with a smile… in a current documentary about her!)

Communication leadership lessons for you:

  1. Make decisions. Gain from the good ones, learn from the bad ones.
    2. Stand up for yourself. Believe in yourself.
    3. Say “no” when it’s the best move to make.

Dolly says it best: “You need to know when to stand up for yourself… That’s kind of what you have to learn: To stand up and know that you’ve got to live with all the decisions that you make. I make decisions every day. The good ones inspire me and the bad ones just kind of teach me, so that’s kind of how you have to look at it.”


On another note…
My colleague, Janice Litvin, workplace wellness speaker and author of Banish Burnout Toolkit has given me the opportunity to give her book to you as a gift for three days beginning Friday, November 6th – Sunday, November 8th. After November 8th, it will revert to the full price of $14.95. Also if you’re so inclined a review on Amazon would be nice.

So order Banish Burnout Toolkit for free beginning this Friday, November 6th. Here is the Amazon link:

About Banish Burnout Toolkit

The Banish Burnout Toolkit is a workbook designed to help you learn how to change your reactions to stress from the inside out, so you can prevent burnout. This book is based on Banish Burnout: Move from Stress to Success, a workshop that engages teams to stop and take stock of their stress reactions, where they come from, and how to change them.


Read More: Dolly Parton Shares Why She Turned Down Elvis Presley | https://tasteofcountry.com/dolly-parton-turned-down-elvis-presley-i-will-always-love-you/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral



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