politics

Vulnerability Improves Audience Perceptions

by Terry Gault In the middle of Maureen Dowd’s column about the recent kerfuffle in the news about the Hillary Clinton bio-pic with Diane Lane and the documentary slated for production by CNN directed by Charles Ferguson, there are two paragraphs that highlight the impact of vulnerability on audiences. You need look no further than “The Queen” — Helen Mirren’s Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth — to see how reputations can be burnished. After Princess Diana’s...

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The Complete Manager

by Chuck Kuglen We’ve all had “less than stellar” managers and this is why many leave their jobs.  You can fill in the blanks on what great or “complete” managers do. I saw 10 things recently in Talent Management Magazine article by Helene Lollis: In that article, Lollis said that “The Complete Manager is….. Credible An active follower An effective networker Skilled at giving and receiving feedback Attuned to corporate culture A proactive career planner...

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Rick Perry’s worst nightmare – mind goes blank on national TV

by Terry Gault It’s the nightmare scenario for many people.  You are on the spot – speaking in front of an important audience: peers, executives or high-powered customers.  Your mind goes blank.  You hear deafening silence as audience members look away in embarrassment.  You stammer out a soul-crushing apology, “Sorry.  I lost my place” as you madly fumble through the gibberish notes you thought might save you in such an eventuality. Rick Perry demonstrated it on a big...

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The King’s Speech

by Terry Gault YouTube / Red Carpet Diary – via Iframely Last December, I was charged with coming up with some kind of celebration to commemorate the launch of EinsteinFilms.com.  It didn’t take long to think of the idea of going to dinner and a movie. When it came time to choose a movie, I tried polling the attendees and the front runner was Secretariat. Then while riding in the car one day listening to Fresh Air...

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Iraq Vet Presentation on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

by Terry Gault I usually stay away from politics in this blog.  However, when I caught this interview while channel-surfing in my hotel, I was immediately impressed with the presentation skills of this highly articulate soldier who I am proud to refer to as an American service man: Former Army Captain Anthony Woods.  If nothing else his authentic, direct, confident style shows up in impeccably articulated and succinct responses to any possible objection.  He has given this topic a...

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Doing Well by Doing Good

Today we’re so pleased to announce the launch of Project Green Dragon, a strategic initiative designed to help the United States become energy independent by improving the effectiveness of key communicators in environmental technology industries. Read the official press release here. As a first major step in Project Green Dragon, The Henderson Group will introduce customized curriculum and additional discounts for training services such as “Art of Presentation” that are specifically aimed at innovators in...

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The Hottest New Job in Public Relations: Chief Content Officer

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Greg Matusky Gregory FCA Communications I’m going to make a call. In three to five years, a new member of the C-suite will emerge. He or she will work shoulder to shoulder with CMOs and CEOs. The job description will look nothing like we have ever seen. They will be called chief content officer.  Their purpose will be to originate and share a constant stream of information...

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10 Highest-Paid Public Speakers In the World

Editor’s Note:  This is a guest post by Online Universities.com How much would you pay to see your favorite celebrity, politician or business leader speak? For some businesses and organizations, the answer is a lot more than you’d expect. Here, we’ve pulled together some of the biggest payouts ever made for keynote speakers, though it has to be said that it may not be a definitive list as some speakers don’t disclose their fees openly....

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Why doing good is good for business…

By Terry Gault A recent article that I read in Fortune magazine fits nicely with previous posts about transparency, our ethos as a company and the skills that we teach in our Complete Communicator, Consultative Sales, Consultative Communication, TeleSales Mastery, and Conflict Resolution workshops.   There are several excerpts that I wanted to highlight: The world has changed, (Dov) Seidman argues, and winner-take-all strategies are obsolete. He contends that the rise of information technology has made...

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