“I’ve always said, if you run for president, you shouldn’t be allowed to use teleprompters,” Donald Trump said to applause at a rally last October in Georgia. “Because you don’t even know if the guy’s smart.”
He’s even accused Hillary Clinton of having “the biggest teleprompters I’ve ever seen.” Prompters are almost always presidential campaign fodder because a candidate who shoots from the hip is highly likely to shoot him/herself in the foot.
And so the other week the media had a brief field day pointing out that Trump “looked like” he was using a teleprompter and had hired a speech writer to make his words more presidential. Of course, a prompter and a writer would help him stay on message (if that were to become his style).
Rick Santorum, the 2012 Republican Presidential hopeful, stirred up a real brouhaha and a load of media coverage when he …Read more…
There are certain words we can’t pronounce – even in our own language. Who hasn’t at one time or another stumbled over “synthesize” or “irrevocably?”
So when you’re delivering a presentation or preparing for a media interview, be sure to practice out loud and replace those tongue twisters to improve your communication skills. You have many words to choose from with the same meaning.
A Different Story
More than a mangled language?
But it’s a different story when you’re communicating with an individual or an audience comprised of people who speak a different language. Words have different meanings. And the gestures that you feel are perfectly acceptable may be considered offensive.
What works in one culture doesn’t work in another. America is a nation of immigrants so we are accustomed to hearing many languages and accents. We’re often in awe of visitors who can speak not one, but two or three languages. …Read more…