Huckabee is warm, open, affable, strong, convicting, and all with a light touch. He is very unusual for a political candidate running for President. He has just overtaken Mitt Romney – the previous communications ‘Golden Boy.’ Where Romney is telegenic, Huckabee is authentic.
Examples: On the Sunday morning news shows and in the debates, he is articulate, brief and often funny. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, but hits the issues head on. I saw him in an interview on the Glen Beck show, and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced the confidence and quick thinking on serious issues as Huckabee put forth. With a light touch – he often peppers his conversation and interviews with SHARPS that stick, like comparing his unlikely campaign success to the flight of the bumblebee: “The bumblebee, being unaware of these scientific facts (on why it can’t fly,) goes ahead and flies anyway.”
Teaching Point: Open communications counts! Mike Huckabee’s swift rise to the top tier with little money and fame (vs. Guiliani, Romney and McCain) comes on the wave of his ability to communicate – consciously and effectively. That’s not all there is to it of course, but a case in point that with it, you can lead and inspire in almost any setting. He’s a good model to watch and emulate.
PS: Many think his rise is due to conservative values – that’s a very small piece at this stage. Actually in today’s Politically Correct environment it is often a handicap to tough Christian values – which Huckabee is able to do shamelessly, and powerfully. (His statement in a public debate about his belief is a classic.)
PPS: I don’t laud Huckabee because of his values, but as an example of what great communications can do. As a matter of fact, I have lauded in this blog Obama, Clinton and Bush at various times. Just looking at the communications!