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The Trump Phenomenon: 5 Pluses And 5 Minuses

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 By Jerry Weissman   April 18, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as The Trump Phenomenon: 5 Pluses And 5 Minuses on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Donald Trump’s front-running position in the Republican primaries is constantly attributed to his long experience as a reality television performer, but he often ignores and/or violates accepted best practices that other presidential candidates—and successful presenters—have leveraged to success. (more…)

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Trump: The Interrupter Interrupted

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 By Jerry Weissman   April 4, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Trump: The Interrupter Interrupted on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

Frontrunner Donald Trump has dominated the entire run-up to the presidential election by every measure: the primaries, the polls, the broadcast media, social media, and his opponents (more…)

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How To Present A Fireside Chat In 4 Easy Lessons

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 By Jerry Weissman   March 21, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as How To Present A Fireside Chat In Four Easy Lessons on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

In case you haven’t heard, presentations delivered standing behind a lectern are out and fireside chats are in. (more…)

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Marco Rubio, The Presenter, Version 4.0

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 By Jerry Weissman   March 16, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Marco Rubio, The Presenter, Version 4.0 on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Thirty-four minutes into the 12th Republican debate last night, Donald Trump said, “So far, I cannot believe how civil it’s been up here!” (more…)

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Dubya Disses Donald Without Mentioning His Name

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 By Jerry Weissman   February 17, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Dubya Disses Donald Without Mentioning His Name on Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

For the first time in the seven years since he left office, George W. Bush returned to the campaign trail yesterday, undoubtedly prompted by the difficult sight of seeing his brother, Jeb, struggle in his campaign to become the Republican candidate for president. (more…)

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Marco’s Mantra Backfires

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 By Jerry Weissman   February 11, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Marco’s Mantra Backfires on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

The Greeks had a word for it: anaphora, or the repetition of a word or set of words or phrases in a speech to create emphasis. (more…)

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Clinton And Sanders (Almost) Victory Speeches

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 By Jerry Weissman   February 3, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Clinton And Sanders (Almost) Victory Speeches on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

“Fake it til you make it!” is a phrase often attributed to recovering Alcoholics Anonymous, but it came roaring to mind last night watching the television networks broadcasts of the results of the Iowa Caucuses. (more…)

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Cruz Forces A Rare Concession From Trump

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 By Jerry Weissman   January 17, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Cruz Forces A Rare Concession From Trump on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Two days after their heated exchange during last week’s Republican presidential debate, the sparks are still flying between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. (more…)

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Obama Evokes Socrates In His SOTU

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 By Jerry Weissman   January 14, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Obama Evokes Socrates In His SOTU on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

For his seventh and final State of the Union Address last night, President Obama broke the tradition of his predecessors—and even his own (more…)

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Obama Breaks His Own Mold With His Speech On Gun Reform

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 By Jerry Weissman   January 7, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Obama Breaks His Own Mold With His Speech On Gun Reform on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

After having ridden to his first term in office on the engine of his fiery rhetoric, President Barack Obama proceeded to spend the next seven years being criticized—by supporters as well as opponents (more…)

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