Political Hyperbole – Danger! Danger Will Robinson!

I may be a happy, positive, “support you in every way possible” motivational speaker, but right now, I’m a very annoyed, frustrated communication-focused person who has some strong words of encouragement for you during this silly season of political rhetoric, blame, accusations and nude swimming in the Sea of Galilee.

I just read a Facebook post wherein a man said that Person X did more in his time in political office (3 days, sleeping most of the time) that Person Y has done in four years.

Really? Really? Did MORE in those 3 days? Come on. What does a statement like that do? It may rally some other narrow minded, radical, opinionated person to his side, but for many rational, intelligent, truth-seeking people, it just plain ticks them off – OR leaves them wondering: Were you kidding? Exaggerating for effect? Really BELIEVE it?

I am encouraging you…no I’m imploring you – to please, please express your political opinions in the RIGHT way, at the RIGHT time, with the RIGHT amount of reasoned, civil tone and with the RIGHT person or people.  Be mindful of the following statements that can spring trippingly to the tongue in the heat of the moment…

  • He NEVER does… (never?)
  • She ALWAYS does… (always?)
  • He HATES everyone in the ____ class (ALL?)
  • She is a screaming liberal (screaming?)
  • He is a totally misogynistic conservative (Totally? He hates ALL women?)
I PROMISE you – when you say any of these types of things to someone who holds an opposing point of view, they will NOT respond with, “Oh I didn’t know that! He hates all women? Thank you SO much for sharing that information with me! I’ll now go change my vote.”  They won’t. They may, however, begin to see you as an idiot, tell other people you are an idiot, or spit in your soup when you aren’t looking.
I VOW:  I vow ONCE AGAIN, to walk away when the political hyperbole begins. I will NOT try to reason with such unreason. I promise.
Thank you. I have said my peace. I feel a whole lot better.
From your motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, breathing…just breathing…



Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Good job Linda and well said.  When I speak on reducing conflict in the workplace, I tell my audiences to avoid using Always and Never because there are people who will interrupt them and pull some incident from the past to prove them wrong.  You offer great advice, not only for this ‘tempted to sling mud’ time of (election) year, but it’s also good when you are having conversations or potential heated conversations.  
    As for Facebook posts?  I think people need to just walk away from their computer!  When I read what some people are writing, I wish they had just walked away before posting! 

  2. Filled with truth, Linda! You can never reason with someone who is being unreasonable. I adore that you are simply not that person. Rather one that can shine a light on the challenges AND provide rockin’ solutions.

  3. Well done, Linda. Well done. Thanks for helping to make the world a more peace-filled place.

  4. I have a blog post to add to this blog post my wonderful friend and motivational speaker Linda Larsen has written. It’s not a “Yes, but…” response, but more of a “Yes, and….” response.


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