This past Wednesday’s Presidential debate was so disorganized. Poor Jim Lehrer couldn’t moderate things well (at all) and President Obama and Romney were both so evasive in answering questions. I’ll give it to Romney, he came prepared “and that with fire.” President Obama seemed to be pained by the entire process constantly trying to build his defense.
Personally, I’d rather know my reasons to vote for someone, rather than the reasons why I should not vote for someone else. Both candidates threw “unfounded facts” at one another which is just confusing.
Here are some thoughts I gleaned around gaining an audience from the entire experience.
- Answer Questions directly. This is not that hard if you take a moment to restate the question and fully understand the information that is sought after.
- State Your Opinion. Leave what other people think alone. The last thing you need is someone to remember all the things you said were not so and forget what you are all about.
- Convince your audience why you are right and to be trusted based on evidence other than the opposition. Your goal should be to make people feel that they are making the only right decision when they stand with you. Making them think you’re the best in comparison to the rest gives opportunity for someone else to pop up and say, “What about me?”
If you are not absolutely certain, best better adopt a position and stand on it firmly because, “I’m not so sure” is not a valid response. FYI: Beating around the bush is a huge indicator of one not being so sure!
Perhaps the Vice Presidents will learn from this poor exchange and give us something concrete next week.
In this Presidential Journey2theFinish, I do hope the candidates Enjoy the Process. May they lead us all by example.