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Breaking through the Noise

            In today’s intoxication with celebrities and the latest person grasping for her or his fifteen minutes of fame, how do you penetrate the noise and get a hearing? McDonald’s has the golden arches. President Obama has the bully pulpit. Sarah Palin has the Tea Party? What do you have or what can you develop?

            Who are you? Why would I want to know you? What do you have that I need or what can you do that will help me accomplish my goals? Spend some time with yourself and answer these questions. What skills do you have that are important to others? Make a list, but be honest. Are there any of those that you do better than most of the people that you know? Do you have any area of special knowledge? Are you an expert in any area or would you like to become one? Do you have a passion for any particular area?

            How do you want to spend your life? That sounds like a big complicated question, but it really is not. Write a mission statement for your life. This can take some time, but don’t worry. You can revise it from time to time. What part of this do you already have? What kinds of endeavors require your kinds of skills? Which areas interest you? Now, go into your mental closet. What would the person that you have described look like?

            What would he or she wear? How would he or she sound? Would he or she write articles or books? Would he or she make speeches or appear on television? Would he or she be a computer geek, an evangelist or a marketing guru?

            No matter which area you choose, make yourself an authority. Read! Read! Read and then read some more.  Make a list of those who are authorities on the subject and question them. You can do this by E-mail, telephone or snail mail. Develop a small group of trusted advisers that you meet with on a routine basis and ask for guidance and help. Write articles in trade publications. Start a blog and post to it several times each week. Seize every opportunity offered to make speeches. Keep them current and keep them centered on your area of expertise.  Be helpful in every way you can to others. Attend workshops or conferences for those in your field and network like crazy. Research the people you want to meet at these affairs so that you will have something to talk about with him or her. In other words start being the person you want to be.  There is no better time. None of this means that you have to give up your present job unless it is totally incompatible with what your goals. This is why spending some time getting to know yourself is so important.           

            Make certain that you present a congruent image. Your materials should accurately represent you. Your correspondence should reflect your image. Be especially careful that you put nothing on Facebook or Twitter that would call your image into question. 

            The most important step is to start. Stop waiting for the ideal time or until things get better. Stop talking about what you are planning to do and do it.

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“I Want Your Money”

            This is a two-hour commercial to elect Ronald Reagan president. Until seeing this film I thought that the Holy Trinity was God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It seems that I am wrong. The correct answer is Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and God as a distant third.

            Don’t get me wrong. The movie is well done, even funny in spots. Unfortunately it is short on truth. It repackages a lot of information much the same way as Fox News. The movie makes it clear that the Republican Party is opposed to Social Security, Medicare and Comprehensive Health Care. It also drives the notion home that President Obama is a sociologist.

            The thing that this film lacks is what the Republicans have lacked for the last two years. What would you do? They are opposed to big government, but have never created a smaller one. They want the government out of our lives. Didn’t they ask the government to make George Bush president? They want to take our government back. From whom?

            Someone needs to break it to these guys that Ronald Reagan is not available. His heavenly duties keep him far too engaged to be concerned with only one country. Next time you find yourself engaged with a Republican spouting this propaganda, ask one simple question. What would you do? Be specific.

        Governor Sanford of South Carolina could not explain one single difference between Senator McCain’s economic program and that of then candidate Obama. Sarah Palin did not know what newspapers she reads and Miss O’Donnell is not a witch. Enough said.

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“I Want Your Money”

            This is a two-hour commercial to elect Ronald Reagan president. Until seeing this film I thought that the Holy Trinity was God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It seems that I am wrong. The correct answer is Ronald Reagan, Newt Gingrich and God as a distant third.

            Don’t get me wrong. The movie is well done, even funny in spots. Unfortunately it is short on truth. It repackages a lot of information much the same way as Fox News. The movie makes it clear that the Republican Party is opposed to Social Security, Medicare and Comprehensive Health Care. It also drives the notion home that President Obama is a sociologist.

            The thing that this film lacks is what the Republicans have lacked for the last two years. What would you do? They are opposed to big government, but have never created a smaller one. They want the government out of our lives. Didn’t they ask the government to make George Bush president? They want to take our government back. From whom?

            Someone needs to break it to these guys that Ronald Reagan is not available. His heavenly duties keep him far too engaged to be concerned with only one country. Next time you find yourself engaged with a Republican spouting this propaganda, ask one simple question. What would you do? Be specific.

        Governor Sanford of South Carolina could not explain one single difference between Senator McCain’s economic program and that of then candidate Obama. Sarah Palin did not know what newspapers she reads and Miss O’Donnell is not a witch. Enough said.

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Katie Would Look Great in Suspenders

Katie CouricWhen Larry King leaves CNN later this year, we will lose the best interviewer on television. Larry has the unique ability and trained skill among the current crop of television interviewers to listen to his guest. He never tries to embarrass the guest or upstage him or her. He says, “I leave my ego at home.” His interviews do not become shouting matches.

Over these many years I have watched and listened as he interviewed everyone from Billy Graham to Lady Gaga and I have admired his ability. He never becomes the show. Sometimes he does drool a little too much with some of the more glamorous stars and fawns a little too much over some athlete that no one cares about; however, if he were in one of my courses on communication he would definitely get an A. When the interview is over, I usually know what the guest thinks. Larry is a professing Jew, and he treats Billy Graham with tremendous respect. He is nuts about Nancy Reagan and he treats Hillary Clinton with the same respect. Even with someone like Netanyahu, who is determined not to say anything of the slightest importance, Larry turns in a good performance.

Katie Couric is the most logical successor to Larry. Katie is an excellent interviewer and given the relaxed nature of a show like Larry’s, she would become even better. Like Larry she knows everyone and is respected by everyone except perhaps Sarah Palin. She knows how to listen and how to follow-up. She puts the interviewee at ease and creates a good atmosphere.

CNN is having its troubles and the departure of Larry will make matters worse for them. The top brass at the cable network would help their cause if they worked out a way to get Katie. I realize that the night belongs to the shouters and the constant conspiracy theorists not to mention the barrage of personality assassins, but so far CNN has proved a voice of reason. CNN should allow Katy to choose the guests. She has all the right contacts and knows who and what matters.

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