If There Was One Thing I Could Change About Trump…

For the most part Trump and I see eye to eye on policy. I applaud many great achievements that have come from his administration despite the enormous deep-state pushback. History will be much kinder to Donald Trump than the current crew of radicalized democrats whom I will mostly see in hell.

I know he is a business man and I remember his show The Apprentice. He really is consistent. He hasn’t changed since the days of Oprah when she interviewed the New York mogul back in the 80’s. 

I disregard Trump’s personal flaws because they are human flaws. We all have flaws.

I keep myself amused by the idea that any moment now Trump is going to rip off his mask and reveal that he really is Jesus, and he just wanted to see how the world would treat “the lesser among us” in reference to the famous exhortation, “How unfairly you treat the least among your brethren you also treat me.”

Trump is rough around the edges when it comes to expressing his ideas. He stumbles, doesn’t complete sentences, often merges several ideas into one meandering thought, of which bears repeating or further clarification. It is clear Trump’s mind works much faster than his lips, but it doesn’t mean that he is ignorant. George W. Bush was not ignorant, but he, too, suffered from the inability to articulate clearly. 

Trump isn’t alone. People in general don’t communicate clearly. Mostly due to the lack of having a proper vocabulary; many people are, in fact, horrible at expressing themselves because they operate somewhere just above being illiterate, thanks to public education deficiencies. But in the office of the Presidency, articulation is everything, unfortunately.

RULES TO REMEMBER

Here are some tips Trump would be well-advised to starting using when he speaks before an audience:

  1. Remove the word “I” and replace it with “We.” Everybody brags but when Trump does it is comes across as arrogant. Someone once told me there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance; Confidence attracts, arrogance repels. “We” beings everyone in, “I” sets you apart.
  2. Finish your thoughts, and don’t rush. It’s your audience to control, keep them hanging and when you are about to not be able to explain something, simply pause, and insert, “as I said just a few days ago,” (Obama’s favorite trick) and then continue with your statement. Here is an example:

“I did shut down travel from China once we knew —, as I said before (pause) if you remember—, that it was human to human transmission, you understand?”

You see. Right at about the time you might veered off and started ad-libbing nonsensically (because you can’t exactly remember what happened in January because you were busy being impeached when the Wuhan Virus was emerging), throwing in a “as I said before” buys you time to finish your thought in your head. All politicians do it. It’s called stalling because they are making shit up.

Now, on to the power of adjectives.

3. Learn new adjectives. It appears you only use two. We need to expand in this area.

Replace FANTASTIC with EXTRAORDINARY

Replace INCREDIBLE with MOMENTOUS, MONUMENTAL or REVOLUTIONARY

Replace TERRIFIC with ASTONISHING or GROUNDBREAKING

Replace UNBELIEVABLE with ASTOUNDING.

And always add the word existential whenever you use the word crisis. Progressives like those kinds of long words that they really don’t understand the meanings of.

And finally the key to bringing it all home and leaving the audience wanting more:

4. Try to always end any statement with a question so that no one can ask you a question until they answer yours first (Jim Acosta will hate this tactic). It allows you to control the conversation.

Here are some common endings to anything you say

“You follow me?”

“You hear what I am saying?”

“You understand the gravity of the situation?”

“You know what I mean, don’t you?”

So, for example, before going to a reporter (by the name of Jim Acosta or any one with MSNBC or Mary Bruce at ABC who has been tripping you up since she was attached the Hillary campaign trail since 2015) here is a typical sentence structure:

“Xi has a lot to answer for when our investigation into China is through. You understand the gravity of the situation, right Jim Acosta?” Questions?”

Or how about:

We put together a great task force that did some astonishing work, truly extraordinary efforts made by my team, you understand? (nod) And, as I said recently, there is still much work to be done, you understand the gravity of the situation, right, Jim? Questions?”

The idea here is to get people to nod their heads. Sometimes it even helps to nod your head and get people to agree with you. But with questions you ALWAYS control the conversation.

Example:

“When WE brought in Mike Pence, you understand, (nod) to oversee the revoltuionary task force to fight this existential crisis, we put together, and wonderful things got accomplished, as I said recently at a fundraising, you understand what we were facing, yes Jim? Question?”

And finally Mr. President, if you were to watch two actors that you should try to emulate to assist you with articulation, I would advise As Good As it Gets with Jack Nicholson (or “A Few Good Men” will do as well), or better yet, James Mason in the great 70’s movie The Verdict. 

Both men have the incredible ability say really simple things with exhaustive power. I am confident once you learn these few simple methods, you too, will have the press and the Democrats eating out of your hands, wouldn’t you agree Mr President?

Otherwise, you are doing a terrific job! Keep up the good work!

Jim Watkins

Author, Public Speaker, Media consultant

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