What were you thinking?!

It’s been awhile since we’ve sent this semi-regular/occasional mailer.  It’s been darn hectic here in Publicinvolvementville  the past couple of months between client commitments, training, traveling, and helping to get the new IAP2USA organization off the ground.  By the way, that organization has a temporary web address — www.IAP2USA.wordpress.com — a Scottsdale street address, and a phone number — (855) 500-5767.  Come join us.    

And finally we’re back here with a variety of articles that I think you’ll use, from better decision making, persuasion, media, and tips for delivering terrific presentations and speeches.  I hope you enjoy them and you’ll be able to join us for one of our upcoming training courses listed down below.     



The Dumb Decisions That We Make

It might seem overly simple but the fact is that there are four basic reasons for the bad decisions that we’ve all made.  Our inherent brain flaws include jumping to conclusions, presuming there’s a black & white answer, stereotyping, and believing most of what you read.  So read on:     




Persuasion and Influence

You are constantly bombarded by people and messages trying to influence your opinions, behavior and perceptions.   It’s not just strangers trying to sell us something but our families and friends as well.  We ALL play the influence game, to one degree or another. 

It’s a subject that we’ve talked about before in this column but now 18 of those expanded tips and ideas have been collected in one place.  Whether you’re trying to do it better or spot the attempts of other people trying to work their way into your psyche, here you go.  



Media Hype and Managing Interviews

This will shock no one but the news media – at least the business news media — hypes itself.  It’s not inherently wrong — newspapers need readers, radio needs ears, and TV needs viewers in order to survive.     But now we have evidence.  And as long as we’re on the subject, here are some solid tips for managing your next interview.     







Delivering the Speech that Knocks it Out of the Park


It’s a subject that generates more feedback than almost any other.  We’ve talked about it before here but I recently ran across a really nice approach and take on the subject, and it’s great to be able to use baseball metaphors again!  Let me know what you think.





Brainstorming: The just OK Way and the Right Way

Whenever a group of people have to generate ideas or solutions somebody invariably says ‘let’s brainstorm some ideas’.  Most of the time that’s exactly the right thing to do, but sometimes those sessions are painful, not very productive and leave some people feeling like they’ve been run over.  So here are some tips for making your next brainstorming session a lot more effective.      






Great Training  

The two-day Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation course will delivered in Chicago on August 23 and 24, 2011 and we’re always booking in-house classes, so contact me @ jdg@GodecRandall.com  


Upcoming dates for the IAP2 Certificate Course in Public Participation;


  • June 13-17 Flagstaff, Arizona;

·         July 18-22 Chicago;

·         August 1-5 St. Louis;

·         October 3-7 Santa Fe, NM;

·         December 5-9 Washington D.C.; and

·         January 23-27, 2012 in Phoenix   


I hope you can join us for one of these, please pass it on to anyone that you think might benefit. 

Other days will likely be added so check www.ExtraordinaryTrainers.com for the latest information, details and registration.

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