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Florida Students Give a Master Class in Asking Tough Questions

By Jerry Weissman / February 28, 2018

Florida students know how to ask the tough questions to Marco Rubio, Florida’s Republican Senator and Dana Loesch, a spokesperson for the NRA.

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The Single Most Overlooked Essential In Media Training

By Jerry Weissman / August 30, 2017

Make sure you understand the question before you jump into the answer.

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Megyn Kelly's Grace Under Newt Gingrich's Fire

By Jerry Weissman / October 26, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Megyn Kelly’s Grace Under Newt Gingrich’s Fire on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The Internet and media are blowing up over the hostile encounter between Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich last night.

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Will Trump Prepare or Dare?

By Jerry Weissman / October 7, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Will Trump Prepare Or Dare? on Friday, October 7, 2016. There’s an old gag about the tourist who, newly arrived in Manhattan to attend a symphony concert, stops a man on the street and asks, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”

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7 Takeaways from the First Clinton-Trump Debate

By Jerry Weissman / September 27, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as 7 Takeaways From The First Clinton-Trump Debate on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. 1. First Impressions Last

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What to Watch for in Tonight's Clinton-Trump Debate

By Jerry Weissman / September 27, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as What To Watch For In Tonight’s Clinton-Trump Debate on Monday, September 26, 2016. The operative word above is “watch.”

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Bernie Splits Non-Existent Hairs

By Jerry Weissman / June 30, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Bernie Splits Non-Existent Hairs on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Senator Bernie Sanders, having failed in his efforts to become the Democratic Party nominee for president

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The Trump Dump

By Jerry Weissman / June 22, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as The Trump Dump on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The big news on the political front is Donald Trump’s sudden and unceremonious dismissal of his loyal campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

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Trump: The Interrupter Interrupted

By Jerry Weissman / April 4, 2016

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Trump: The Interrupter Interrupted on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Frontrunner Donald Trump has dominated the entire run-up to the presidential election by every measure: the primaries, the polls, the broadcast media, social media, and his opponents

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The Republican Definition Of Debate

By Jerry Weissman / November 12, 2015

This blog was originally published on Forbes as The Republican Definition Of Debate on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. In the aftermath of the third Republican presidential debate two weeks ago, the candidates and the Republican National Committee screamed bloody murder about the CNBC moderators, accusing them of asking “gotcha” questions—particularly the first question asked of Donald Trump: “Is this a comic-book […]

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How Obama Handles False Assumptions

By Jerry Weissman / July 18, 2015

This blog was originally published on Forbes as How Obama Handles False Assumptions on Friday, July 17, 2015. “When did you stop beating your wife?” is the classic false assumption question because it implies that you have indeed been beating your wife.

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Three Ways Klay Thompson Handles The Media As Well As A Basketball

By Jerry Weissman / June 9, 2015

This blog was originally published on Forbes as Three Ways Klay Thompson Handles The Media As Well As A Basketball on Monday, June 8, 2015. Sports press conferences, which are intended to be a postmortem of a match, are usually nothing more than a fan fest in which the media ask harmless questions and the athletes and coaches provide boiler […]

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Scott Walker Gets Bitten by the Sound Bite Again

By Jerry Weissman / June 2, 2015

On Forbes, Jerry discusses an important lesson in cadence as learned by Scott Walker.

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Four Presentation Skills from Five Corporate Leaders

By Jerry Weissman / April 15, 2015

Please see Jerry’s latest blog post on Slideshop.

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What to Do When Your Audience Asks Rambling Questions

By Jerry Weissman / April 7, 2015

Dick Cavett, the noted television talk show host, who recently released his autobiographical memoir…

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Scott Walker and the Gotcha Question

By Jerry Weissman / March 4, 2015

Governor Scott Walker (R-Wis.) got caught up in the wake of the dust storm kicked up when former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking at a private dinner…

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Rand Paul and a Lesson from the Scorpion

By Jerry Weissman / February 5, 2015

It is the nature of journalists to ask challenging questions. When Rand Paul agreed to appear for an interview with Kelly Evans of CNBC on Monday…

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The New San Francisco 49er Coach Learns a Painful Lesson in Q&A

By Jerry Weissman / January 20, 2015

Head football coaches, in both the professional and college game, are virtual gods who stride about their realms with omnipotent authority…

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3 Lessons from the Stumble of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella

By Jerry Weissman / November 19, 2014

During his interview with Maria Klawe, the President of Harvey Mudd College, she asked him a question…

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Roger Goodell's Credibility

By Jerry Weissman / September 22, 2014

Last Spring, in swift response to the public revelation that Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, had made racist…

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Keep Negativity Out of Q&A: Obama and "We Don't have a Strategy Yet"

By Jerry Weissman / August 29, 2014

Yesterday, after Barack Obama held a press briefing to address the tumultuous events taking place in the Middle East, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked him, “Do you need Congress’s approval to go into Syria?”

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