Listen!

Former United States Secretary of State Dean Rusk once said, “The best way to persuade people is with your ears – by listening to them.” My brother Philip del Buey says, “Communication is the responsibility of the sender”. He also says “It’s hard to listen with your mouth open”. So true. When you are giving […]

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Power and Point

In my recent blog “Prosor’s Siren” I described how Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations began his presentation to the Security Council in a novel manner. He grabbed the audience’s attention immediately and didn’t let go. And, he didn’t use PowerPoint to deliver his messages! PowerPoint is a tool, not a crutch. Use it sparingly […]

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Prosor’s Siren

  Out of the tragedy that is the current Middle East crisis comes an excellent lesson on effective presentations. I will not opine as to who is in the right in this tragic conflict. I leave it to diplomatic analysts and ethicists to debate that question. This is a communications commentary – an analysis of […]

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Don’t Become The Butt Of Jokes!

Don’t become the butt of late night comedians. Last week on Late Night comedian Seth Meyers said that, “According to a new report from BP, the earth will run out of oil in 53 years. Luckily, thanks to BP, the ocean will still have plenty”. There is nothing worse in business life than being the […]

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Showing Up

Woody Allen once said, “Showing up is 80 percent of life”. It is 100% of success for a leader. Despite a large humanitarian crisis involving tens of thousands of Central-American and Mexican children along the southern border, President Barack Obama has decided not to visit the area, even though he is in Texas doing some […]

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TV or not TV

I always tell clients television dampens your voice and personality, but clients have to see it to believe it. Last Thursday I gave one of my one-day courses to directors at a large Washington DC based organization. My one-day courses have three sessions. The first is a presentation on what makes an effective spokesperson. The […]

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