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  • How personal storytelling builds trust with listeners

    In a post two weeks ago, I put forth my view that, during the entire campaign, Hillary Clinton missed a multitude of opportunities to get her personal stories out to the world. Today, I would like to focus on why it would have been a good idea to integrate personal storytelling into her discourse. As I have written previously, I

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  • Can sports teach us anything worthwhile about business? 

    Yesterday, I was reflecting a bit on how surprising one’s life can be. For example, if anyone had asked me five years ago to list all the issues I might be writing about in 2017, two of the last things I would have thought about would have been politics and American football. As we have seen, recent political events have

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  • Why is personal narrative so important in politics? 

    For me as a blogger, the American presidential election and its aftermath have become a gift that just keeps on giving. When I watch my hour of CNN International each day (usually Anderson Cooper or Fareed Zakaria), there is always something surprising and noteworthy: a nomination, executive order, protest, or other “situation” unfolding in the United States. From my perspective,

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  • But can he run a country?

    There is a scene near the beginning of the movie Invictus in which a newly-elected President Nelson Mandela leaves home for his morning walk, accompanied by two of his bodyguards.As the three men stride briskly through the empty, pre-dawn streets, Mr Mandela’s protectors scan the surroundings nervously, conscious of the danger for the first black leader of their deeply troubled, divided nation.  Suddenly, a

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  • How Hillary lost touch with the mainstream

    My two previous posts centered on Mrs Clinton’s strategy of making Donald Trump’s character flaws a central theme of the campaign. In the months leading up to the US presidential election, Clinton seemed to focus more each day on finding fault with her opponent—attacking him particularly on his disrespectful attitudes toward women and minorities. From my perspective, placing so much emphasis on Trump’s deficiencies was

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  • Standing against is less effective than standing for

    As mentioned in the previous post, I would not claim to be a fan of either candidate in the recent United States presidential election. At the same time, I did catch some of the news coverage when I was in the US, and I was rooting for each of them to use a type of discourse I have been studying and teaching

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