Conswello: Its a delight to meet you, Bob Eubanks, it really is.
Eubanks: Thank you very much. You do a great job on this show.
Conswello: Well,thank you very much and youre using your people skills already . Im intrigued by how you keep reinventing yourself. How do you do it?
Eubanks:Well,you know, I just think what a person has to do is take their strengths, and I know that no ones gonna hire me to a do a game show again so, because they go for the younger guy and such so I got, I sat down, I said, you know, What should I do? And Ive learned so much about people, and I decided to go out and speak to corporate America What Im doing is Im showing corporate America how to maintain a balance in their people skills to high technology. I mean, were losing our people skills because of the wonderful technology is there. And so I go out and I teach them how to maintain their people skills; how to get the most from people.
Conswello: So how do you do that?
Eubanks: Ah, you show interest in them. Ah, when I was doing Newlywed Game, the couples were very frightened and very scared and they would sit there like this. The moment I would say, Howre you doing? Hows your family? Hows your dog? Hows this? The moment that you would see their body language change. You would see everything about them change. So, if we can show interest in other people and generally, generally care about other people, then it is amazing. People will tell you things they wouldnt tell the Grand Jury.Thats what they did for me on the Newlywed Game anyway.
Conswello: Now, are you finding that there is a good reception to these, you know, personal skills that youre bringing to corporate America, and does it matter to them? Does it matter to management?
Eubanks: Yeah, it really does, it really does because creativitys going down the tubes if were not careful. No longer am I waking into your office and saying, Conswello, I got an idea. What do you think about this? OK good, Bob. Lets do this. Were sending emails to each other in the next cubicle. Weve got to maintain a balance, and Im a big tech fan, believe me I am, but we have to maintain a balance with our people skills. And thats what I teach, basically.
Conswello: So how do you teach it?