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If you haven't heard, there was a presidential debate last week and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had a face off. Although there was no fisticuffs, the debate had nearly as much humor and action as a WWE wrestling match. Since a debate of the candidates for Vice-President is scheduled for tonight, I thought it made sense to reflect of what I learned from the presidential candidates about making public speeches.
Ten Lessons for Working Moms from the Presidential Debate
If you're like me, you probably do quite a bit of public speaking. For that reason, I compiled a list of lessons I learned from both candidates after last week's presidential debate.
- Look the Part: Wear red when trying to impress.
- Grooming Helps: Having a great haircut and lipstick helps with message delivery, even in these progressive times.
- Know Your Stuff: Overprepare for public appearances.
- Sound bites are Effective: Sound bites are your friend. There is a reason why stories have headlines. People remember them and sometimes forget the actual story...
- Maintain Your Composure: When in doubt, smile, laugh and be condescending.
- If You Don't Like Where the Conversation is Going, Interrupt: Interrupting people can get them off track and can' help you control the conversation. However, it has to be done correctly.
- Don't Be Afraid to Fight Dirty: Debating people and playground fights have a lot in common. Sometimes when they go low, you have to go slightly lower in order to punch them in the gut.
- How You Play the Game Matters: Don't be confused. How you play the game determines who wins or loses. The person who understands the rules, is best prepared and is toughest generally wins. Duh!
- Hold Your Own: If you don't take control of the discussion, people will walk all over you. (Learned from Lester Holt's performance.)
- Stay on Message: Never, ever get off message. If someone interrupts you, remember the point you were trying to make and stay on message. If you don't it is entirely possible that you will make some nonsensical comment about Rosie O'Donnell that will confuse everyone...