(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)

In the visual arts the space between the images is called negative space. In many works the negative space is what makes the image work.

In music the negative space – the silence – between the notes is what sells the piece. Without the silences all the notes would run together and simply be noise.

Landscape architects know the importance of space between the plants. Even long row hedges are set apart from the other plants, emphasizing their linearity.

Successful professional speakers know well the power of the pause. Pauses well done support and enhance the message being spoken.

There are countless examples of the utility, no, the necessity, of negative spaces. The untrained, the under educated, the naive will push ahead filling all the spaces believing more is better.

The wise know and use the power and purpose of negative spaces to produce exceptional results.

Coaching Point: What one simple example of a negative space comes to mind?

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