All posts by Michael Friedlander

Michael is an international business lawyer and was the CEO of an international music company and the CEO of an international architectural design company. He is an expert negotiator and has done business in many of the major commercial business centers in the world. He has also written a book on detecting and avoiding scams in which he focused on the Enron, Ahmed Chalabi and Bernard Madoff adventures.

“A Clash of Cultures” – A Video Story

Know who you’re talking to!

This is a sequel to the video story, “A Gift of Gift,” that told the story of some advice that I received from a prominent New York attorney as I launched my first international law practice many years ago.

My new partner and I met with him shortly before launching out on an international promotional tour to promote our new firm. One particular experience in London prompted me to tell this story…

How humor crosses cultural lines…

Telling this this story also reminded me of two other stories about experiences that occurred some time later that showed the importance of humor and how humor crosses cultural lines.

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“The Gift of a Gift” – A Video Story About Networking

Some profound advice…

Once upon a time, many years ago—when I was much younger and, believe it or not, far better looking than I am now, I was offered some advice from a very fancy New York attorney. He told me the advice he would be offering me would be the best networking advice I’d ever received. “Yeah,” I thought…

It turned out that his advice was indeed terrific. And, remarkably, it was advice that, more than 30 years later, has really stood the test of time.

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Looking For A Few Good Storytellers…

Our search begins here…

Our search for a few good storytellers begins with a simple truth—

Everyone has a story…

And, of course, buried somewhere in that story is a gift that, if shared, might just make a difference for the better in the lives of those the stories touch.

And this is exactly what our program is all about…

So, why not share one of your stories with us?

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You Never Know…

In this intriguing audio podcast, a member of our Advisory Board, Roy H. Adams, Jr., PhD, Colonel (Ret), US Army, tells a story about reporting for duty as a young officer soon after graduating from Ranger School.

Roy H. Adams Jr., PhD. Colonel (Ret) US Army

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Veterans’ Outreach Podcast: “If It Could Happen To Me…”

Identity Theft…

Vishal Amin

If anyone seriously doubts that identity theft can happen to absolutely anyone, this podcast with Vishal Amin should lay that doubt to rest…

Vishal leads our Veterans’ Outreach Program. He is a decorated Marine Corps F-18 fighter pilot, who served as much more than that… Continue reading Veterans’ Outreach Podcast: “If It Could Happen To Me…”

Veterans’ Outreach Podcast: “A Marine’s Mindset”…

Our Veterans’ Outreach Program…

With this first podcast, we’re delighted to launch our Veterans’ Outreach program…

Our goal is simply to thank veterans for their service by offering a platform on which they can share their stories with the world.

Vishal Amin is leading our program…

Vishal Amin, the leader of our Veterans' Outreach program
Vishal Amin, the leader of our Veterans’ Outreach program

We’re also delighted that Vishal Amin has agreed to lead our Veterans’ Outreach program…

Because of his extraordinarily distinguished career in the US Marine Corps, we see him ideally suited to lead the program. Continue reading Veterans’ Outreach Podcast: “A Marine’s Mindset”…

“The Early Bird Special — And The Biker…”

In this story, Michael Friedlander tells a true funny story about an experience he had during his adventure with cancer. He ends with a joke that mirrors the gifts his story offers…

Again, the gifts of his story are truly universal and can indeed make a difference for the better in the lives his story touches… As these gifts emerge from the story, you’ll see that they apply to almost anyone you can think of…

Please enjoy…

“A Doer’s Tale”…

In this story, Michael Friedlander tells a story that Steve Linde shared with him… Steve was the former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post…

The gifts of Steve’s story are truly universal and can indeed make a difference for the better in the lives his story touches… As they emerge from the story, you’ll see that they apply to almost anyone you can think of…

Please enjoy…

Re-launching Our Site And Program…

A message from Michael Friedlander…

Michael Friedlander
 Michael Friedlander, the founder of The-Gift-Tree

Hi All,

I thought I’d briefly explain some of the changes we’ve made to our site and program…

But why make any changes? Well, why not? 🙂

We’ve recently received such an outpouring of support that I thought now might be time for us to move forward to the next step.

Nothing’s really changed — too much!

Our site now has a slightly new “look.” And while our content has a little more focus on video, our mission and goal has remained unchanged —

“Through the magic of storytelling, our mission and goal is to make a difference for the better in the lives of those we touch…”

As we move forward, we continue to believe in this John F. Kennedy’s timeless truth—

John F. Kennedy: We can – and we should!
John F. Kennedy: We can make a difference – and we should!

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