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New Year, New Resolutions!

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 02.15.2017 | Healthy Living
Tarun Sakhrani

Happy new year... A bit late, I know, but hey, it's still only February, so it is still a valid greeting (I think?). Besides, this is my first post f...

A Holiday Cheat Sheet For Answering Intolerance

Tammy Letherer | Posted 11.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Tammy Letherer

I'll never forget the day, many years ago, when I discovered the benefits of "scripting" life's difficult moments. My kids went to school some distanc...

"You Nailed It!" How to Kill a Television Interview

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 11.02.2014 | Media
Stacy Slotnick

Inside the Nokia Theatre at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held on August 25, host Seth Meyers keenly observed that agents habitually tell their clients, "You are crushing it right now" or "Just killing it, buddy."

Beware the Husband Who Asks for a Script

Maureen Anderson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

As a radio talk show host, I'm often sent a list of questions to ask my guest. Sometimes that list comes from the guest herself. More likely it comes ...

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc

Lisa Longo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Some insurance companies are canceling policies, so therefore our president must have lied. Nope. Not true. It is a handy talking point for the opposition, but it is in fact, just another logical fallacy. Once you start listening for them, you'll find them everywhere.

What Reid, Pelosi, and Obama Should Say Now

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If there was some underlying "cut deficits" strategy to the Republican shutdown, then why would the House have passed a budget bill on the brink of the shutdown which increased the debt by $29 billion?

It's the Biggest Scandal Since...

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Tom Alderman

... fill in the blanks: Teapot Dome, Watergate, Iran Contra, Lewinsky... Benghazi? You may have noticed that every time one erupts, it's compared in heinousness to the last really big one.

Conversational Blind Spots at Work

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Twenty-eight years ago I began my first experiment in what I call conversational intelligence. I was hired by Union Carbide to work with 17 high-powered sales executives in danger of losing a bid for a key contract.

Why Our Blunt Narrative Doesn't Win

Eric Sapp | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Eric Sapp

By making contraception only about women's health, we're telling voters contraception decisions are not about parents, not about men, and not about families.

How to Master Your Media Interview

Dorie Clark | Posted 04.21.2015 | Media
Dorie Clark

How do you ensure that you're prepared when your big moment arrives? Here are five key strategies.

Jason Linkins

WATCH: U.K. Labour Leader Miliband Takes Message Discipline To New Heights Of Absurdity | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.04.2011 | Media

More than 750,000 public employees went on strike in the U.K. last week over proposed austerity measures that would affect their pension system. What ...

The Tea Party's 10 Ways to Survive Town Hall Meetings

Andy McDonald | Posted 07.31.2011 | Comedy
Andy McDonald

A Tea Party group known as FreedomWorks has provided new GOP congressmen and women with talking points that will help them survive budget-focused town hall meetings which have recently been very confrontational for conservatives.

Wisconsin: Four Facts You Need to Know

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

What's happening in Wisconsin isn't about budget deficits or government spending or even public employee benefits. It's class war, wherein the big business, conservative Right tries to pit working class Americans against one another.

Learn To Tell A Story

Stuart Connelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Connelly

I am watching my six-year-old daughter in the saddle, working a mare out during perhaps her third horseback-riding lesson. The ring is open oval, with...

Lucia Graves

Tea Party Script Written In Washington (VIDEO) | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An extensive review of GOP campaign literature, floor speeches and public statements reveals that Republican candidates and officeholders routinely us...

Sam Stein

Dem Talking Points Slam McConnell For Hypocrisy On Deficit | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Democrats are circulating a new batch of talking points that take Republicans to task for proposing a slate of tax policies that, according to ...

The "Ground Zero Mosque": The Perfect Republican Talking Point

Spencer Critchley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

It's always the same: their side throws out a bogus-but-intense talking point, and our side argues the facts. The facts don't matter with these things. All that matters are emotion and repetition.

Three Talking Points on... the Cordoba Islamic Cultural Center

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

After a recent appearance on Fox News, where I discussed the Cordoba House Islamic Cultural Center being planned in lower Manhattan, a friend asked me...

Dylan and the Upside Down of Politics

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Franken

Talking points need to be penetrated and disrupted. They are a mirage, creating an impression there's a "there-there," when it's just an illusion.

Election 2010: Media Marching Orders on Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

Congratulations media, you've had a very successful couple of weeks. Your control over the public discourse is strong. So don't blow the whole operation and have everybody actually engaged in civics -- Western Civilization would collapse.

Next: The War of Words on Health Care

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

We need to reassess relationships and get down to work. For one thing, we want to get behind Grayson's bill that allows anyone to buy into medicare. And we need to minimize the damage done this fall.

Obama and Democrats Take a Step in the Right Direction, While GOP Aims to Scare Bluedogs

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

The Democratic Party is showing signs of life, in the leadership and courage department -- not enough to give Obama a pass, not by any means. But it's a beginning.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Thursday's health care summit could have been dubbed Talking Points-Palooza. The GOP stayed ferociously on message, with speaker after speaker calling on the president to "start over" with a "clean sheet of paper" and take a "step-by-step approach." For their part, Democrats were committed to sending the message that, as Max Baucus put it, "We're really not that far apart." That might be the case -- if Republicans were actually interested in coming to an agreement. But they're not -- as the last 14 months have made abundantly clear. No matter how many conciliatory steps Democrats take in their direction, Republicans just keep backing away. President Obama will announce his plan for moving forward this week. Let's hope he scraps his delusions of bipartisan agreement, and pushes Congressional Democrats to beef up the bill and pass it through reconciliation.

Friday Talking Points [109] -- Obama Enters Lions' Den, Bells Cat

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama followed up Wednesday night's speech with a town hall meeting in Florida, and then a truly stunning performance today, managing to "bell the cat" in the Republican lion's den.

The Perino Conundrum: PR's Expert Inexperts

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Luz

Sometimes a story just sticks with you. Such is the crazy and amusing story of Dana Perino - Bush's White House House Press Secretary - who admitted she had no idea what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.