Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate

So, Democratic Presidential candidate and current New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is all over the news this week for his use of a popular colloquialism referencing Kool-Aid – sigh – during the second night of CNN’s Democratic primary debate. It was funny, and he handled the ridicule in the aftermath well. But man. Talk about cringe … Continue reading Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World

So, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) got some heat – shocker – for allegedly using a southern, “Black”-tinged drawl while speaking at Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network event last week. Atlantic Editor John McWhorter wrote an interesting piece defending AOC, saying that she slipped into a pattern of speech that is likely entirely natural given her upbringing in close … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Code Switched – It’s Not the End of the World

When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse

For weeks I’ve been trying to figure out a theme with which to resurrect my YouTube channel. I’ve literally been gone since November – the last time I posted a video – and it’s ridiculous. I’m in the content creation business, and video is huge. I’m seriously missing the boat. It’s likely I’m overthinking the … Continue reading When Communicating Tough or Divisive Topics, Employ a Little Finesse

2 Communications Tips You Need to Remember on Friday the 13th and Every Day

Dude. It is seriously Friday the 13th. I have been having communication issues all day long! First I missed a meeting because I was running my mouth with a buddy/client and not paying attention to the time. Then I ran off at the mouth on Twitter without fully understanding what I was responding to. Once … Continue reading 2 Communications Tips You Need to Remember on Friday the 13th and Every Day

The Association between Diversity and Controversy Is Played Out

Sometimes I find the idea of diversity as a controversial topic utterly ridiculous. The so-called controversy is mostly about people’s inability or unwillingness to deal with discomfort. Without quoting a bunch of hard stats related to the composition of the population, the immense purchasing power of minority groups, the mélange of demographics and their impact … Continue reading The Association between Diversity and Controversy Is Played Out