#HashtagTuesday: Episode 2

As part of a new series of blog posts, I’m taking a closer look at recently trending hashtags on Twitter in an effort to better understand what goes viral, what it says about the Twitterverse, and how professional communicators can apply what we’ve learned. Continue reading #HashtagTuesday: Episode 2

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3 communications lessons learned from Trump’s campaign

Wow. We woke up in a new world this morning. I know that I’m still the same person, and yet everything has changed. Plus, I have this big serving of crow that I need to eat for breakfast.

Trump surprised me. He surprised the media, surprised the pundits, surprised the pollsters and surprised the world as he emerged victorious at the ballot box. How did he do it? How did he cruise under the radar of the mainstream for so long and beat a system that was supposed to be rigged against him? Continue reading 3 communications lessons learned from Trump’s campaign

What price dignity? The case of Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway has been thrust into the spotlight during this seemingly endless presidential campaign cycle. Less for her adroit media skills, and more for who she currently represents, the increasingly unshackled Donald J Trump, Republican candidate for President of the United States of America.

Continue reading What price dignity? The case of Kellyanne Conway

The ABCs of why Trump matters in Canadian politics

While the election cycle in the States is in full swing over a year in advance, Canadians have bemoaned the announcement of our exhausting 11 week federal election campaign. By Canadian standards, it’s a long haul, but nothing compared to our southern neighbours.

Our top four contenders have started their stump speeches and the rhetoric is amping up after the first leadership debate, but the general feeling in the public they’re trying to convince is that it’s too early to really pay attention.

By contrast, Donald Trump is stomping all over America, and anyone in his way. In a short span, he’s been accused of racism, sexism, and a good measure of narcissism to boot. If nothing else, Trump’s no-holds-barred approach to his presidency bid has a few lessons for aspiring national leaders here in Canada. Continue reading The ABCs of why Trump matters in Canadian politics