The Secrets To His Success

Plenty’s been said about President Trump’s methods of messaging, much by Trump, himself: “Good publicity is preferable to bad, but from a bottom-line perspective, bad publicity is sometimes better than no publicity at all. Controversy, in short, sells.” “My leverage came from confirming an impression …

So Long, And Thanks For All the Pessimism

As I’m looking at what’s happening that’s noteworthy for voters, I’m increasingly pessimistic. Here’s what we’re seeing: Politics as rancorous tribalismGrowing up in Sacramento, I was a fan of the Oakland Raiders…from the Ken Stabler days through the Lester Hayes/stick’m days, and thereafter. When Bill …

Government Inefficiency May Be A Feature

This tweet got me thinking… Operating a for-profit business makes it more likely that your business will make decisions to profit-maximize. As a result: You may not be operating equitably—you will offer priority service or allegiance to those who will maximize your profit You may …

Fascism Loves Your Opinion

The headline on this article is compelling. But how can we reason with people who see the same data, and come to these conclusions?
Yes, fascism thrives on destroying objective truth. But it’s folks like Andrew Torba who are actively trying to kill the notion of expertise. They want truth to be a personal choice. They want you to grant “authority” based on your feelings, rather than by recognizing expertise.

Next Phase, New Wave, Dance Craze, Anyways

I’ve been reading Valerie Geller’s encyclopedic “Creating Powerful Radio”, which is updated to incorporate Internet communications, such as podcasting, here. As comprehensive as it is, I can’t help but think I learned most of this while earning my DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) certification. While I don’t …

Performance Tips

Pick topics about which you really care Open show strong, or with a monologue Never be boring Only take calls if they make the show better, and don’t let calls go longer than they should. If a topic goes wrong, reframe it. You can change …