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Lou Hampton is President and CEO of The Hampton Group, Inc., a Washington, DC-based firm specializing in media training, message development, and executive presentations and speech coaching.

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Posted on February 22, 2014


Gettysburg Address - ATweetable & Powerpoint-enhanced Speech

Posted on November 19, 2013
Yes, dear readers, today is the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln delivering his "Gettysburg Address." Although Lincoln's prognostication of the impact of his address (The world with little note, nor long remember what we say here...) was clearly off, the Address...


March is International Listening Awareness Month - DC Event

Posted on March 12, 2013
This is International Listening Awareness Month, a time to focus on using the power of listening to make our lives, our communities, and our nations better. As part of the awareness campaign, I am presenting a free workshop in Washington...


Lindsey Graham Charts His Course Against Rand Paul; Loses on Points & Style

Posted on March 07, 2013
No visual is better than a stupid visual, unless you want to help your boss look dumb. Quick back fill in the event you weren't clued to C-Spam today. 1. Rand Paul ended a 13-hour filibuster to draw attention to...


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Is Pres. Obama's manipulation of media coverage a threat to liberty?

Posted on February 19, 2013
In 1786 Thomas Jefferson wrote: "Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." In a recent Politco article, Obama the puppet master, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen write: "President Barack Obama...


Tips for Marco Rubio to Prevent Dry Mouth

Posted on February 13, 2013
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) went out of his way to connect with the average American during his Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Perhaps farther out of his way than he attended. His son-of-immigrants success story...


Biden vs Ryan: A lesson from Ronald Reagan for Republicans & Democrats

Posted on October 10, 2012
The conventional wisdom seems to be that Joe Biden is going to be wiped out by Paul Ryan. Why? Because, the thinking goes, Joe Biden is everyone's lovable, but crazy, uncle. He is gaffe prone. He has never demonstrated any...


Romney-Obama Debate #1: And the winner is...the American voter courtesy of Jim Lehrer

Posted on October 04, 2012
Last night's first presidential debate of 2012 produced two winners. Viewers and pundits across the political spectrun agreed it was a good performance for Romney; Obama, not so much. But the big winners were the viewers thanks to the open...


Speak the language of a Change-Friendly Leader: from good intentions to great performance

Posted on September 19, 2012
What's friendly about change? Not much. Change produces stress, which produces resistance, but it doesn't have to be that way.With the Change-Friendly Leadership framework, leaders will learn to engage people's head, hearts, and hopes to achieve lasting, effective change in...


Listeners beware: Interrupting can be bad for your health!

Posted on July 19, 2012
A few years ago, I conducted a survey of over 250 business executives. I asked them to list behaviors on the part of listeners they found irritating. I then asked them to select the behavior they found most irritating. The...


Dinner with Gov. Rick Perry, Defense Sec. Leon Panetta, & DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Posted on March 29, 2012
Saturday evening I dressed up in white tie and tails for an intimate dinner with Rick, Leon and Debbie. But it's hard to keep meetings secret in Washington, especially with an exquiste, definitely-not-rubber-chicken, menu, so soon we were joined by...


Presidential tweets exposed: What @JFK, @GroverTweets & @HonestAbe would have written

Posted on February 20, 2012
It's Presidents' Day in the U.S. In practical terms that means if you work for the government or many large corporations, you have the day off. If you are employed by a small firm (or retailer), you're working. But as...


Humor techniques of 22 prominent U.S. politicians

Posted on January 08, 2012
As the 2012 U.S. presidential primaries begin, humorist John Kinde has analyzed the key humor techniques of 22 current and former candidates. Here, with his permission, are his findings: With the caucus and primary events coming soon, let?s reflect on...


Go behind-the-scenes with award-winning TV reporter

Posted on December 12, 2011
See how good you are at counting the number of segments needed for this 2-minute story. Then go behind-the-scenes with the reporter to see how many takes were required to get the final piece. Michelle Michael is an award-winning "one-man-band"...


Persuasive Messages: How 4 words opened the door to the Presidency

Posted on September 07, 2011
As I was searching my hard drive for a manuscript, I came across the following description of how 4 words helped transform Dwight D. Eisenhower from an outsider to the presidential nominee at the Republican Convention in 1952. It may...


Public Speaking: Audience research lesson from Speaker Hall of Fame Herb True CPAE

Posted on August 17, 2011
Early in my speaking career, I had the privilege of appearing on the same program as Herb True, a member of the National Speakers Association's Hall of Fame. Since most of you reading this post may never have heard of...


Political Debates: Post Iowa debate Republicans need to heed advice given to Nixon

Posted on August 15, 2011
Richard Nixon in 1967, a Washingtonian Magazine article in 1984, and an experience with political bloggers in 2009, all came into alignment as I was thinking back on last week's Iowa Republican Debate. The hardest lesson for Republicans to embrace...


Iowa Republican Presidential Debate-Winners, losers, gotcha answers, no more huddled masses yearning to be free

Posted on August 12, 2011
Over the years, I have come to loathe U.S. Presidential debates. I've viewed (double entendre intended) them as one of the rare curses of my profession. I've watched because I know clients will ask me what I thought about the...


Listening to media pundits: heard any ultracrepidarians lately?

Posted on August 03, 2011
Ultracrepidarian. How could I have spent over 30 years dealing with the news media and not been aware of this term? Thanks to my 365 Amazing Trivia Facts Calendar (Workman Publishing), I've now been enlightened! Ultracrepidarian: a person who voices....


Incumbent House member drops election results challenge to allow popular bill to pass

Posted on May 02, 2011
Eloquence of language. Eloquence of action. In modern politics we get a lot of the former, a dearth of the latter. So I was refreshed to read of a Congressman willing to sacrifice his election for a greater good. In...


Persuasive techniques: Can you fake charisma? And why would you want to?

Posted on April 21, 2011
Charisma is a critical element of a persuasive presenter. But is it an innate characteristic, or can it be faked? Executive coach and author of The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How...


Media training: Storming out of a '60 Minutes' interview

Posted on March 16, 2011
Ragan's PR Daily post Watch interview subjects storm out of '60 Minute' interviews by Kevin Allen contains a video (also included below) featuring some of the walk-off highlights from '60 Minutes' history. If you or one of your clients is...


Persuasion: Preparing Spokespersons to Handle Sensitive Questions

Posted on February 16, 2011
In the previous post, Interview Prep: Was spokesman being honest or just nervous?, you saw what can happen when the spokesperson is not properly prepared to handle sensitive questions. Mr. Hallor appears to me to be a likeable and competent...


Interview prep: WMDs in U.S.? Was spokesman being honest or just nervous? You Decide.

Posted on February 15, 2011
A posting today on TheBlaze alerted me to this interview from ABC affiliate KGTV in San Diego. In the interview the assistant port director, Al Hallor, indicates that weapons of mass "effect" have been found, although not at the port....


Persuasion: Overcoming 'we just don't have the money' objections

Posted on February 07, 2011
A webinar participant recently asked the following question: How can we eliminate the objection of 'we just don't have the money.' This seems to be common when seeking a job with a small company or funding for a project. Often...


Speech coaching: 'The King's Speech' nominated for 12 Academy Awards

Posted on January 25, 2011
It's not every day, year decade that the work of a speech coach is the main focus of a movie. That The King's Speech leads in the number of Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, is a result not only...


Resonate: present visual stories that transform audiences is a "Must Read"

Posted on January 13, 2011
Transforming audiences. That's been my profession for over 30 years. I transform audiences by transforming the speakers who present to them. In that time I have tried to stay current on books relating to public speaking and presenting. In the...


Acronyms, memory devices, and terrorist attacks

Posted on November 08, 2010
Acronyms have long been used by speakers, authors and trainers to help audiences more easily remember such things as lists, processes, concepts, and the names of federal bureaucracies. From one of the latter comes an especially interesting, memorable, and might...


Survey reveals how journalists rate public relations practitioners and what they want from them

Posted on August 27, 2010
Thanks to publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant for alerting me (via Twitter) to the Bulldog Reporter/Cision 2010 Journalist Survey on Media Relations Practices. If you are dealing with the media, the survey provides useful information about productive relationships between journalists and...


Public Speaking: Churchill & FDR Staffs on Speechwriting

Posted on August 24, 2010
Yesterday was, as I was reminded by Max Atkinson, the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. He has included on his blog two anecdotes, one from Winston Churchill's staff, one from Franklin D. Roosevelt's staff, related to the preparation...


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