Deliver your message without distraction

Painfully long – that’s how I’d describe my list of unseen Oscar movies. But I just celebrated a minor victory when I watched The Iron Lady, which details the life of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. In addition to being a testament to Meryl Streep’s continued excellence (come on, … Continue reading

Insights from a Speaking Immersion…

For three days last week I heard (and experienced) over 100 leaders speaking to an audience of 11,000 – including a couple dozen Senators and Representatives, Presidential candidates, authors, celebrities, and news anchors. (Most of the videos are available here.) It was an amazing experience at CPAC. This post is purely … Continue reading

Matt Damon does it again

He can get away with jumping on a soap box, and that’s for one main reason: he’s a great communicator. Yup, we’re talking about Matt Damon. Sure he’s popular, a talented writer and performer, etc., but so are many actors. This guy knows how to use specific communication tools to rally … Continue reading

Who’s in your 10?

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and in the blink of an eye we’ll be ringing in the new year. Which means that it’s time for the annual best and worst lists – top songs, TV shows, news stories, moments of greatness, moments of defeat. And at Decker, we’re prepping our … Continue reading

Obama Speech More of the Same

President Obama gave a speech tonight – second one from the Oval Office in his 19 months in office. It was a yawner. What’s going on here? First of all I want to confess I’ve not reviewed Obama recently because he basically is the same. In delivery. Think of teleprompter, … Continue reading

BP CEO: Communications Failure

UPDATE: June 17. CEO Tony Hayward is live giving Congressional testimony that will probably go down as equal to the Mark McGwire disaster. He has said, “I wasn’t involved in any of the decision making,” and “I don’t know” countless times. Congress, led by a hostile Henry Waxman, seemed incredulous. … Continue reading

Meg Whitman as Communicator

Meg Whitman just debated Steve Poizner for the Republican Gubernatorial nomination. It was interesting, but not as interesting as looking at where Meg Whitman might go – if she can communicate. First the debate: Meg did well, but Steve probably did better if this was an equal contest. But it … Continue reading

New Communicator Bursts on the Scene

Put your politics aside for a moment – a new communications star was born tonight. Unless you live under a rock, you now know of Scott Brown, who won the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday. I hesitated blogging on Scott Brown’s acceptance speech because I just got back from Las Vegas … Continue reading