Author: Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

September 10, 2020

It’s All About Turnout Now

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

New York, NY: The Presidential race is heading for the finish line. Between now and election day there will be three Presidential debates, one Vice Presidential debate and who knows how many controversies and surprises to occupy the headlines. At this point, it seems hard to know what might actually count as a “surprise.” In this year of COVID and controversy that has further split an already divided country, we understand almost anything can happen and probably will.

But amidst all the uncertainty, there are a few things that do seem pretty clear. While there is much talk about the undecided voter, and given the context of Trump’s narrowest of wins in 2016 that’s perfectly reasonable, it is also the case that almost everyone who has a vote knows right now for whom they will cast their ballot.

Almost no matter what happens in the next 60 days, those decisions aren’t changing. Do you know anyone who is still on the fence? Have you tried to talk a Trump supporter out of his or her choice, or a Biden voter into switching to Trump?

Despite the hundreds of millions that will be spent on everything from TV ads to T-shirts between now and November to win the hearts and minds of those few who have yet to decide and hold the allegiance of those who have made their choice, what matters most now is only this: Which campaign has the organization to make sure their voters get to the polls?

This is the least visible part of the campaign and, as such, it gets the least media attention. It is easy to put cameras in front of a speech or a rally, but not so easy to dig out the details of an organization’s “ground game.”  But make no mistake, from making sure that vote by mail works the way it is supposed to (a key challenge in 2020) to assigning people to physically get seniors to the polls, turnout is all that matters now.

August 5, 2020

Trump’s Unstated 2020 Campaign Message

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

New York, NY: As the final 100 days of the 2020 presidential campaign unwind, we will be watching a battle for the White House unlike anything we have witnessed. The contest will be waged amid unprecedented uncertainty. Read More

June 3, 2020

The President’s Message on COVID-19: Dollars Trump Death

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

As the COVID-19 summer of 2020 begins, there is no ambiguity about the message Donald Trump and his Republican enablers are pinning Trump’s re-election hopes on at this stage of the pandemic-plagued campaign. It’s dollars over deaths. Make no mistake about it…
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April 23, 2020

The Verdict on Trump’s COVID-19 Response? “You’re Fired.”

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

New York, NY: The COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. appears to be peaking and moving into a potentially less virulent phase. The social distancing Americans have adhered to since March and heroic performance by healthcare workers have knocked down the spread of the disease and opened the door to a phased return of the country’s economic, social and community life.
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February 14, 2020

Hey, Democrats: “I Don’t Hear a Single”

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

The late Tom Petty counts among the legends of rock ‘n roll for his instantly identifiable guitar, vocal and lyrical style. From among his many hits, there is a line in one song I think the Democratic party and its candidates need to take very seriously as the 2020 campaign moves toward the general election.

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March 20, 2019

The Ten Commandments Of Effective Public Speaking

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

A few years ago, at the season of Easter and Passover, we posted our idea of what “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF EFFECTIVE PUBLIC SPEAKING” might look like if they came down from On High. As we once again welcome Spring and the time of renewal, here is a reprise of that list, presented in the interest of keeping your audiences awake:
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February 7, 2019

Howard Schultz: Can His Message Win the Middle?

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

I like Starbucks coffee. We buy it by the bag (Espresso), ground for a paper filter, and brew it at home. I don’t like standing in line in a Starbucks store, and I really don’t like the prices. So it was with mixed feelings recently that I watched former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz roll out his exploratory third party presidential bid.
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November 2, 2018

Voice Variety: The Secret of the Great Speakers

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

What separates the most dynamic public speakers and corporate presenters from those who don’t stand out? In more than two decades of working with speakers ranging from top executives to athletes and celebrities, I’ve found the best verbal communicators know how use their voices to enhance their storytelling impact.
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April 11, 2018

Is the Reality TV President Losing His Audience?

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

When Donald Trump won the White house, I wrote that he had done so, in my view, not because of the rules of politics, campaigning and communication he had broken, but by consistently following these two fundamental principles of effective persuasive communication:
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March 12, 2018

The Ten Commandments of Effective Public Speaking

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

by Robert J. Geline

Spring means renewal and new beginnings. What better time than the season of Easter and Passover to offer a refresher on what it takes to succeed when it’s your time to get up and present? I don’t have a hotline to the Lord, but if I did, he might pass along a list of The Ten Commandments of Public Speaking that reads like this:
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May 3, 2017

“A guy goes into a bar . . . “ WHEN IS HUMOR IN A PRESENTATION THE RIGHT STUFF?

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

When is the right time to use humor in a presentation?
How much funny stuff is too much? What kind of stories are o.k.?

Questions like these come up frequently in workshops, and I have heard a variety of opinions on the answer. My view is that humor is a powerful tool that can have benefits for the presenter and the audience. When used properly, it can be a great way to establish rapport and set comfortable tone that helps maintain audience attention.
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January 27, 2017

The Teflon Don(ald) Trump vs. The Media:
What’s at Stake in this Fight?

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

In the first week of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, sales of George Orwell’s 1984 jumped to the top of the best-seller list on Amazon.com. Why the sudden attraction to an almost 70-year-old warning about the dangers of totalitarianism that introduced the idea of “Doublethink” and the language of “Newspeak”?
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October 30, 2016

Eye Contact Insight: “Stop” It For More Successful Interviews & Presentations

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

The CEO was surprised. “I need to look away in order to think,” he noticed during a recent coaching session to prepare for a panel discussion to be video webcast to a global audience.

The executive was referring to his habit of regularly breaking eye contact in order to organize his thoughts while responding to questions during videotaped role-play interviews. The habit made him appear detached and ill at ease, detracting from his credibility and positive perception of his message.
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September 30, 2016

How To Cure The “Content-Free Speech” Virus

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

There is an epidemic afoot in the land that you won’t find in a list of infectious diseases. I call it the “content-free speech” virus, and it is seriously degrading the quality of discourse at every level of society.
Be warned: Failure to treat this insidious malady can destroy careers, reputations, deals and entire organizations. The afflicted are unable to avoid interspersing their speech with entirely content-free words or phrases.
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August 30, 2016

UK Exporters: Don’t get Lost In Translation

By Robert Geline, President of 144 Media, Inc.

Thanks largely to Hollywood and cheap jet travel, the British traveler often knows that to satisfy the cravings of a sweet tooth, you need to ask for a cookie in an America bakery, and not a biscuit, which will get you some kind of breakfast or dinner roll. And to answer nature’s call, Brits often understand that you’ll get there faster in the US by asking for the bathroom or the restroom, and not the loo.
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