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Lou Hampton
I'm a speech coach and media trainer dedicated to helping clients speak so others listen.
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I've taken a long break from posting - 11 months. But, to quote Hillary Clinton in Iowa, "Im Baa-aack!" So, before I get to insights from my hiatus, here is a chance to see two WGN anchors during their two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Speak to Lead
Yes, dear readers, today is the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln delivering his "Gettysburg Address." Although Lincoln's prognostication of the impact of his address (The world with little note, nor long remember what we say here...) was clearly off, the Address... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Speak to Lead
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This is International Listening Awareness Month, a time to focus on using the power of listening to make our lives, our communities, and our nations better. As part of the awareness campaign, I am presenting a free workshop in Washington... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Speak to Lead
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No visual is better than a stupid visual, unless you want to help your boss look dumb. Quick background in the event you weren't clued to C-Spam today. 1. Rand Paul ended a 13-hour filibuster to draw attention to potential... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Speak to Lead
In 1786 Thomas Jefferson wrote: "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." In a recent Politco article, Obama the puppet master, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen write: "President Barack Obama... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at Speak to Lead
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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went out of his way to connect with the average American during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Perhaps farther out of his way than he intended. His son-of-immigrants success story... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at Speak to Lead
The conventional wisdom seems to be that Joe Biden is going to be wiped out by Paul Ryan. Why? Because, the thinking goes, Joe Biden is everyone's lovable, but crazy, uncle. He is gaffe prone. He has never demonstrated any... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at Speak to Lead
Last night's first presidential debate of 2012 produced two winners. Viewers and pundits across the political spectrun agreed it was a good performance for Romney; Obama, not so much. But the big winners were the viewers thanks to the open... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Speak to Lead
What's friendly about change? Not much. Change produces stress, which produces resistance, but it doesn't have to be that way.With the Change-Friendly Leadership framework, leaders will learn to engage people's head, hearts, and hopes to achieve lasting, effective change in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Speak to Lead
A few years ago, I conducted a survey of over 250 business executives. I asked them to list behaviors on the part of listeners they found irritating. I then asked them to select the behavior they found most irritating. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at Speak to Lead
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Saturday evening I dressed up in white tie and tails for an intimate dinner with Rick, Leon and Debbie. But it's hard to keep meetings secret in Washington, especially with an exquiste, definitely-not-rubber-chicken, menu, so soon we were joined by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2012 at Speak to Lead
It's Presidents' Day in the U.S. In practical terms that means if you work for the government or many large corporations, you have the day off. If you are employed by a small firm (or retailer), you're working. But as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at Speak to Lead
As the 2012 U.S. presidential primaries begin, humorist John Kinde has analyzed the key humor techniques of 22 current and former candidates. Here, with his permission, are his findings: With the caucus and primary events coming soon, let’s reflect on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2012 at Speak to Lead
See how good you are at counting the number of segments needed for this 2-minute story. Then go behind-the-scenes with the reporter to see how many takes were required to get the final piece. Michelle Michael is an award-winning "one-man-band"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Speak to Lead
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As I was searching my hard drive for a manuscript, I came across the following description of how 4 words helped transform Dwight D. Eisenhower from an outsider to the presidential nominee at the Republican Convention in 1952. It may... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Speak to Lead
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Early in my speaking career, I had the privilege of appearing on the same program as Herb True, a member of the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame. Since most of you reading this post may never have heard of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2011 at Speak to Lead
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Richard Nixon in 1967, a Washingtonian Magazine article in 1984, and an experience with political bloggers in 2009, all came into alignment as I was thinking back on last week's Iowa Republican Debate. The hardest lesson for Republicans to embrace... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Speak to Lead
Over the years, I have come to loathe U.S. Presidential debates. I've viewed (double entendre intended) them as one of the rare curses of my profession. I've watched because I know clients will ask me what I thought about the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Speak to Lead
Ultracrepidarian. How could I have spent over 30 years dealing with the news media and not been aware of this term? Thanks to my 365 Amazing Trivia Facts Calendar (Workman Publishing), I've now been enlightened! Ultracrepidarian: a person who voices... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Speak to Lead
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Eloquence of language. Eloquence of action. In modern politics we get a lot of the former, a dearth of the latter. So I was refreshed to read of a Congressman willing to sacrifice his election for a greater good. In... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2011 at Speak to Lead
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Charisma is a critical element of a persuasive presenter. But is it an innate characteristic, or can it be faked? Executive coach and author of The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Speak to Lead
In the previous post, Interview Prep: Was spokesman being honest or just nervous?, you saw what can happen when the spokesperson is not properly prepared to handle sensitive questions. Mr. Hallor appears to me to be a likeable and competent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2011 at Speak to Lead
A posting today on TheBlaze alerted me to this interview from ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego. In the interview the assistant port director, Al Hallor, indicates that weapons of mass "effect" have been found, although not at the port.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2011 at Speak to Lead
A webinar participant recently asked the following question: How can we eliminate the objection of 'we just don't have the money.' This seems to be common when seeking a job with a small company or funding for a project. Often... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Speak to Lead
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It's not every day, year decade that the work of a speech coach is the main focus of a movie. That The King's Speech leads in the number of Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, is a result not only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2011 at Speak to Lead