How to Attract New Business Like George W. Bush Wins Elections
THE LITTLE-KNOWN SPEECHWRITING SECRETS THAT WON GEORGE W. BUSH THE US ELECTION
He's been accused of "mangling the language, destroying its meaning by avoiding the use of verbs, twisting nouns into verbs, and endlessly repeating phrases until they become zombified" (Source:'Bush and Blair accused of mangling English' by Kate Kelland, Reuters.com.uk, Mon 15 November, 2004 12:50).
But despite this George W. Bush has become the first Republican president to win re-election since Ronald Reagan in 1984.
And he's been able to motivate the US public to vote in record numbers.
In a time of stress and crisis, Bush was able to connect with the masses.
Bush - who according to language experts once famously used the word "misunderestimate", romped home with a record majority receiving 3.5 million more votes than John Kerry.
Why did Bush win by so much when analysts were predicting one of the closest elections in years?
Well, the shocking truth is that Bush and his advisers are masters of modern-day speechwriting.
What would you do if you had this skill to move and motivate others?
Well, here are the little-known speechwriting secrets of how George W. Bush won the US election?
Because they are universal principles, you can apply these to your own career and personal situation:
1. Strong Self-Belief
Bush has always had a strong sense of purpose to "build a safer world" and to make a difference. He is unswerving in his belief and mission to achieve this.
One of the most memorable lines in his acceptance speech summarises his own home-grown optimism and sense of destiny.
"There is an old saying, "Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks."
What is your passion and purpose in life?
2. Certainty in an Age of Uncertainty
In times of fear and uncertainty, sitting politicians have a greater chance of being re-elected.
Bush reinforced this message in all his speeches.
For example: "To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust."
Trust was Bush's central campaign message to overcome people's anxiety about the future.
What is your central theme for your next speech?
3. Visual Imagery
Visual imagery is just as important as words in a speech, especially for people who take in information through visual rather than auditory channels.
Here are some clever ways Bush and his team maximised positive visual images in an election that was staged for television.
Pictures of his family, including that wonderful election night shot of George W relaxing in the White House with three generations of the Bush family, including his daughter, father and mother. (PS - only mothers with sons could appreciate that proud look on Barbara Bush's face as she looked over to George W)
He also used his tangible evidence of power such as alighting from the Presidential helicopter and plane to reinforce the trust and security message.
The American flag he wore on his lapel helped reinforce patriotism, as did his red tie when out on the election stump.
Interestingly, Bush wore a blue tie for his acceptance speech. This was subtle and sent the message "I'm in a different phase now, I've won the battle and its time to move on".
What non-verbal signal does your appearance send to your audience?
4. The Bush Personal Brand
The Bush personal brand is very interesting. Of course it is built on stories and everyone knows the story of the hard drinking, hard working Texan wildcat oil investor who at 40 years of age gave up drinking, found God and committed himself to public office.
In his acceptance speech, Bush reinforced this personal story and his special relationship with the people of Texas where his political career started.
"On the open plains of Texas, I first learned the character of our country: sturdy and honest, and as hopeful as the break of day.
I will always be grateful to the good people of my state. And whatever the road that lies ahead, that road will take me home."
Notice the visual imagery he uses to paint a picture of Texas and the warm feelings of home in middle-America.
How can you use this technique for your next speech?
5. Relentless Discipline
Bush ran a tight, disciplined campaign and his speeches never wavered or wandered from their key message.
Even in the glory of his win, he was focused:
"Our military has brought justice to the enemy and honor to America.
Our nation has defended itself and served the freedom of all mankind."
6. Family Values
Bush campaigned on family values - a common theme in both the US and Australian elections.
In his acceptance speech this is how he articulated these values:
"There are many people to thank and my family comes first.
Laura is the love of my life.
I'm glad you love her too.
I want to thank our daughters who joined their dad for his last campaign.
I appreciate the hard work of my sister and brothers.
I especially want to thank my parents for their loving support."
7. Shared Set of Values
Bush was attuned to the values of the heartland of America, "that heartland is spiritually and geographically the Mid West, a place of small town, conservative family values," according to Tom Carver, the BBC's correspondent in Washington.
Carver adds "Bill Clinton was a fair reflection of the laissez-faire mood of the confident, prosperous 90s. And President Bush is a mirror to the darker, more nervous post-9/11 America."
For Bill Clinton's 14 Speechwriting Secrets read my new book 'Understanding Influence for Leaders at All Levels' to be released by McGraw-Hill in February 2005.
8. Staying on Message
In the US, news is about emotion and is more orientated towards entertainment than just the facts.
Bush knew this and while he may not have the charisma of Clinton and his aversion to media conferences is well-known, his media performance during the election was one of his best.
Again, Carver from the BBC provides a great example of the legendary Bush media-savvy skills:
"There was a telling moment in his press conference ... when he was asked about the "big business" image that he and his party have. He completely ignored the question and talked instead about small businesses and how they are the engine of growth in the economy. He doesn't even allow the phrase "big business" to pass his lips."
9. Ability to Read, Reflect and Relate to Issues of Concern
Analysts predicted the US election would be a referendum on the war against Iraq.
How wrong they were. The big issues for voters were about patriotism, and in particular, who do the American people trust on:
i) Moral grounds, ii) The economy, iii) Terrorism, and lastly iv) The War on Iraq.
Bush won the moral argument in a landslide and again played this card in his acceptance speech:
"America has spoken, and I'm humbled by the trust and the confidence of my fellow citizens.
With that trust comes a duty to serve all Americans. And I will do my best to fulfill that duty every day as your president."
How can you relate to the issues and concerns of your audience?
10. A Great Call to Action
I believe the purpose of every speech should be to make a difference and move people to action.
For Bush it was for people to trust him and win their vote.
The "who do you trust theme" worked well for Bush and won him the election.
In his closer to his acceptance speech, Bush articulates this trust issue well with a clear and strong call to action:
"The campaign has ended, and the United States of America goes forward with confidence and faith.
I see a great day coming for our country and I am eager for the work ahead."
What is the 'call to action' for your next speech?
© 2004 8M Media & Communications Thomas Murrell. All rights reserved worldwide.
Thomas Murrell MBA CSP is an international business speaker, consultant and award-winning broadcaster. Media Motivators is his regular electronic magazine read by 7,000 professionals in 15 different countries.
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Does the thought of speaking in front of others send you running in the opposite direction? Youâ??re not alone. Many people avoid public speaking at all costs â?" and there is a cost.
Seven Tips for Coping with Pre-Stage Jitters
Whether you need to address large groups or small, familiar faces or new, you may feel that the stress of speaking is always with you. If so, these seven tips will help you work through tension and communicate with confidence.
Rise Above Cattiness
Cattiness is something no one ever wants to be accused of doing. But the reality is, at one time or another you've probably engaged in it, and most likely, you'll do it again.
Public Speaking Training Tips For Better Business Presentations To Culturally Diverse Audiences
Audiences around the world are all different. Cultural, social and religious differences impact on how people learn, take in information and interact with presenters.
Just Say No to PowerPoint: Enough is Enough!
Have you ever been slideswiped? You walk into a meeting and once everyone has arrived, the lights are often dimmed and the show begins. The presenter clicks the mouse again and again, showing you slide after slide until you can take no more.
Projector Hire - Choosing the Right One for Your Presentation
Calling a projector hire company will often get you confused as they ask: What lumens do you need? (Lumens is the brightness of the projector) What resolution do you need? (Resolution is the number of pixels at which the display device does not have to expand or compress the input signal) What type: install, desktop or portable? (Install projectors tend to be larger and heavier, desktop ones are small and light and portable are somewhere in between!) What you should ask yourself are the following simple questions: How many people will need to see the projected image?A 1000 lumens projector will usually be sufficient for a smaller meeting - up to 20 people. 2000 lumens is better.
Close Deals in Record Time!
Remember back when the ability to create a slide show presentation using PowerPoint was cutting-edge technology? PowerPoint presentations changed the way that companies and seminars did business. It was easy to take along your presentation material; just grab your laptop and go.
What Every Manager Should Know About How to Sharpen His Presentation Skills
Regardless of the nature of our job or social standing, sooner or later we will be called upon to make a presentation of one sort or the other. To sharpen your skills, whet your audience's appetite, and educate them, here is the key to your success: organize your presentation by keeping them in mind.
Move Key Audiences to Actions You Want
How?Try a blueprint like this: people act on their own perception of the facts before them, which leads to predictable behaviors about which something can be done. When we create, change or reinforce that opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to-desired-action the very people whose behaviors affect the organization the most, the public relations mission is accomplished.
The Relationship between Information Sender and Receiver: The Art of Communication
For communication to take place, a message must be transmitted by a communicator and correctly received by a listener. If the message is not understood, there is no communication.
Is This Thing On?: Keeping Your Audiences Attention
First and foremost, you must deal effectively with your own emotions, ego, hang-ups, inhibitions, and fears. This will release you to focus on the audience is their attention level.
The Right Speaker Makes a BIG DIFFERENCE
MORE and more corporations in Malaysia have awoken to the necessity of training and developing their people these days. Hence, many local speakers have emerged in recent years just as many foreign ones have already been flocking to Malaysia as far back as two decades ago.
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