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Why senior business leaders can't mouth off like Donald Trump

Why senior business leaders can't mouth off like Donald Trump

Blog posts   •   Mar 20, 2019 08:22 +08

​A surprising number of media training participants have asked me why they can't just speak their minds like Donald Trump. They admire his courage to say what he thinks. But while I have some sympathy with the motivation, it does not follow that you should follow Trump's example. Here are six reasons why.

Why Jimmy Kimmel cut Kanye West off when asking about Donald Trump

Why Jimmy Kimmel cut Kanye West off when asking about Donald Trump

Blog posts   •   Aug 12, 2018 16:36 +08

The discussion over Kanye West's pregnant pause, when Jimmy Kimmel asked him about Donald Trump, is missing some important nuances. Worse, any camera-shy Asian business leader who watches West getting cut off will wonder whether they can still take time to think before answering questions, or if they should take part in live TV interviews at all.

It's time to end the charade of pre-supplied questions

It's time to end the charade of pre-supplied questions

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 09:43 +08

Spokespeople should throw away the crutches of pre-submitted questions, and everyone will benefit.

Personal questions of business leaders in TV interviews: If you can't stand the heat, learn to cook

Personal questions of business leaders in TV interviews: If you can't stand the heat, learn to cook

Blog posts   •   Feb 28, 2018 08:54 +08

There were two controversies surrounding public figures being asked personal questions on camera this week, which provide hugely valuable lessons for senior business leaders. It is a natural consequence that audiences want to know more about the person behind the headlines. Handled right, this can add to your personal brand.

Budget 2018: Iswaran balances selling it, and explaining it

Budget 2018: Iswaran balances selling it, and explaining it

Blog posts   •   Feb 20, 2018 18:35 +08

Singapore Trade & Industry Minister S Iswaran strikes a balance between responding credibly to difficult questions and selling the just-announced Budget 2018.

Can we ever defeat fake news?

Can we ever defeat fake news?

Blog posts   •   Feb 14, 2018 09:12 +08

The short answer is, no. At the end of this column is an experiment that will help you see why.

What will you say when you're asked about Donald Trump?

What will you say when you're asked about Donald Trump?

Blog posts   •   Feb 06, 2017 08:48 +08

If you are a senior business or political leader in Asia, there is a great chance you will be asked for your opinion on Donald Trump, Brexit, and other global topics - whether you like it or not.

Media Savvy: Do "alternative facts" really exist?

Media Savvy: Do "alternative facts" really exist?

Blog posts   •   Jan 26, 2017 08:52 +08

First it was "post fact", then "fake news", now we are confronted with "alternative facts". Do they really exist?

Why Facebook isn’t at fault for Trump’s win

Why Facebook isn’t at fault for Trump’s win

Blog posts   •   Nov 17, 2016 08:36 +08

The pundits arguing that Facebook should take responsibility are missing the point.

Media Savvy: What communicators can learn from Donald Trump's election victory

Media Savvy: What communicators can learn from Donald Trump's election victory

Blog posts   •   Nov 09, 2016 20:55 +08

By winning the US presidency, Donald Trump has clearly recorded a measure of success through the way he communicated with voters. Senior business leaders ignore this at their peril (just ask Hillary Clinton). We draw lessons from Trump's surprising election victory.