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Jerry Weissman

Bachmann's Media Pendulum

Jerry Weissman | Posted 11.29.2011 | Media
Jerry Weissman

Michele Bachmann just released a new campaign video with extremely low production values: standing in front of a cheesy plastic plant, she speaks directly into the camera but her voice sounds thin and distant by an evidently misplaced microphone.

Christine O'Donnell Bolts CNN Interview

Jerry Weissman | Posted 10.18.2011 | Media
Jerry Weissman

Surely Ms. O'Donnell's handlers had to have anticipated that any interviewer worth his salt -- and Mr. Morgan is as salty as they get -- would pursue the juiciest subjects.

Audience Advocacy: Karl Rove

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jerry Weissman

Mr. Rove has just released his autobiography, Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight which contains advice on the concept of audience advocacy.

The Right Image for a Bad Message

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

It's no wonder that BP finally replaced its CEO, Tony Hayward as its spokesman. He was the flash point for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mex...

Obama's Oil Speech Postmortem

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up In last week's post on Obama's Oval Office speech on the oil spill you read how Mike Allen, the Washington columnist the New Y...

Politicians and Spin

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Last week, Richard Blumenthal, the attorney general of Connecticut, who is running for Christopher Dodd's Democratic seat in the Senate and Rand Pau...

Palin's Palm/Obama's Prompter

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

The blogosphere, the fiber optic cables, and the airwaves have been buzzing with stories about Sarah Palin who, during a television interview connect...

Learning English from Obama

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jerry Weissman

Since Obama took office, there have been many articles in the Japanese press about how the Japanese are learning English from him.

The Blame Game

Jerry Weissman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jerry Weissman

On Saturday, two separate articles from two diverse sources -- sports and politics -- provided a lesson about the importance of being positive in communication.

Your Story Is Your Key To Success In Business Presentations

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jen Grisanti

Presenting is an art. The key to giving a successful presentation is knowing how to tell your story.

Obama's Unwords Begone II

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

To maintain his trademark cool demeanor and to abolish his unwords, the president would do well to insert more pauses in his answers -- and to avoid Chuck Todd.

Obama's Unwords Begone

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

Obama, whose smooth delivery in major speeches has been lauded by friend and foe alike, has also been derided for his tendency to sputter "ums" and "ahs" during extemporaneous answers.

Spin vs. Topspin

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

While spinning can escalate to distortion or even to outright deception, topspin is the direct approach you can use to get the advantage.