Category: Presentation Training


Ben Carson Adviser Kills Interview In Progress: “This Is Over”

Presidential candidate Ben Carson recently sat down for an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Tapper pressed Carson about a comment he made last week regarding Muslims: “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

After several minutes of questioning on the matter, a Carson adviser, who was off-camera, said, “This interview is over.” That brief moment leads to a question: When is it a good idea for PR professionals to cut off an interview midstream?


Scorecard: September 16, 2015 CNN Republican Debate

During tonight’s pivotal second Republican primary debate, two candidates shined above the rest of the field. And no, neither of them is named “Trump.”

In fact, tonight’s debate might mark the end of Trump’s reign at the top of the field. His inexperience stood in marked contrast to his more experienced opponents, and his usual bullying routine didn’t work for him as it has in the past.

As always, I did my best to score this on debate points as a nonpartisan observer.


July 2015: The Worst Video Media Disaster

Donald Trump’s knack for getting media attention has catapulted him to the top of the Republican polls.

But whether you love him or loathe him, his dismissive comments about Senator John McCain being captured as a POW during the Vietnam War were awful and deserving of this month’s worst video media disaster recognition.

Of course, this post is probably beside the point. I can’t shake the feeling that Trump will be the first person in the history of the “worst video media disaster” series who relishes—and is somehow strengthened by—earning the title.


Lindsey Graham’s Masterful Response To Donald Trump

(July 23, 2015) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of 16 Republican presidential candidates, recently called GOP rival and current frontrunner Donald Trump a “jackass” for recent comments he made on the campaign trail.

On Tuesday, Trump went nuclear by announcing Graham’s cell phone number on national television.

Graham’s unexpected response made headlines — and contains a lesson I wish more politicians would keep in mind.


June 2015: The Worst Video Media Disaster

Joe Biden’s oldest son, Beau, died of brain cancer on May 30. It was the latest blow in a life of tragedies for the vice president, whose first wife and one-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972. 

In response to the news, politicians on the opposite side of the aisle suspended partisan attacks


Was Hillary Clinton’s Email Press Conference Effective?

Hillary Clinton faced reporters for 20 minutes this afternoon to answer questions about the personal email account she used while serving as Secretary of State.

Secretary Clinton repeatedly came back to the same talking points: She had operated within the rules of the State Department and opted to use a personal account (and her own server)


Every Male Candidate Should Watch This Media Interview

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a possible 2016 presidential candidate, gave an interview to CNBC yesterday that may eliminate his chances of winning the Republican nomination before his campaign even gets under way. 

Much of the media coverage about the interview focused on Paul’s dangerous insistence that vaccines should remain voluntary because of “freedom.” But another part


Hillary Clinton Needs A New Message, Stat!

Hillary Clinton has been talking about her wealth—or relative lack thereof—a lot lately, and her responses have done more to raise eyebrows and encourage additional follow up questions than to satisfy the questions and put a close to the issue.

The topic came up during an interview with Diane Sawyer earlier this month, and Secretary Clinton

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