I was at the local civil court recently and the first statement from the judge was a question. He had asked, “Does anybody watches Judge Judy here?” The answer was a unanimous yes. He continued, “This is kind of like a Judge Judy’s court except for the entertainment.” Judge Judy is an icon in the “judiciary” entertainment industry. She serves her judgment in a no-nonsense way as she adds a little dose of humor while doing so. If you live in the United States, you are definitely familiar with Judge Judy, even if you don’t watch her show, and if you live outside of the United States but watches the US court shows, you know who she is.
Judge Judy was on the Wendy Williams Show today promoting her new book entitled What Would Judy Say: Be The Hero of Your Own Story with her step daughter Nicole Sheindlin, Founder and Executive Director of Her Honor Mentoring, a nonprofit organization that helps girls through professional mentoring to boost their confidence. I was so elated to hear that the book was available for free download. I googled it immediately and downloaded a copy. I couldn’t keep it for later, so I started reading right away. Even though her advice was directed mainly at women, men can also share in the gains provided by the legendary judge..
The strict judge who dotted being late to a job interview as a death sentence suggested that punctuality is a “secret weapon” that a person can use to his or her advantage. Citing a personal experience, Judge Judy was fifteen minutes earlier to an appointment where she drove about an hour to meet other executives who were only two blocks away from the meeting spot. She also made sure to set the scene such that the executives will not need to wonder whether she had just arrived. While they were apologizing for lateness even though they were not late, Judge Judy said, “You’re not late. I’ve only been here fifteen minutes. Let’s get down to business. Then we can eat and relax.” She had already positioned herself in a favorable position in the room. “Being punctual and being prepared have always been at the top of my list of success strategies,” she noted.
According to her, lateness “takes power away from you” while punctuality “makes you very present in the conversation.” Judge Judy even once made her colleague come to work early when she took over his courtroom during her service at the family court in Manhattan until he was forced to stopped coming late to work.
This is just one of the many lessons from the judiciary guru who commanded her courtroom like a lady catwalks in high heels. Hopefully, I will be able to bring you more, but you don’t have to wait for me. You can learn directly from her by downloading your fee e-book here.
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