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Get Out the Vote (and Vote!)

So many political issues face each of us as Americans right now that it’s easy to be overwhelmed and disparaging of the entire electoral process. Life today is complicated and uncertain. Amidst all the news coverage about the upcoming Presidential campaigns, you might find yourself wondering, “Will my vote even matter?” The current political environment has … Read More

The Credible Presenter: Being Heard Versus Being Believed

Did you listen to or watch Dr. Christine Ford’s testimony in the Senate hearings for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court? We all know how that turned out, but do men in power realize what a galvanizing moment that was, even for the most complacent suburban woman? Time Magazine described it well: …for ordinary women … Read More

To Confront or Not to Confront? Speak Truth to Power

Did you see the video of teacher Kristen Mink that went viral? She confronted EPA Director Scott Pruitt in a café, telling him the reasons why she thought he should resign. Two days later, he did. But did she go too far? If you saw the recording of her reading her prepared notes, you likely lost … Read More

The Likability Penalty – Part 1

The most common reason given by registered voters for not voting on Election Day, Tuesday November 7, 2017, was that they didn’t like the candidates. Hillary Clinton should have won the Presidency and made history as the first woman President of the United States. Candidate Clinton had a killer resume: Secretary of State, two terms as … Read More

Campaigns make the Candidates Face it!

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he ridiculed opponent Carly Fiorina’s face in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?” he was quoted as saying. Trump later massaged the situation by maintaining he had not criticized her appearance, saying he was actually referring to her “persona.”[1] He … Read More

In the Case of Texas Senator Wendy Davis’ Heroic Filibuster

Consider the case of Texas Senator Wendy Davis as a barometer reflecting much of the country’s attitudes towards women. Davis is an outspoken feminist seeking to be Governor of Texas. Davis.  She speaks her mind, takes a stand on issues beyond home and hearth, and is independent thinker. With a degree from Harvard Law, Davis is … Read More

Got Mockery? The Marathon Press Conference That Made Things Worse

Have you been keeping tabs on the drama that is unfolding in New Jersey?  As someone who coaches executive leaders in designing and delivering high-level public presentations, I found the two-hour press conference given by Governor Chris Christie addictive. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee, New Jersey” [1] To summarize, private messages sent via email between … Read More

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