Is it possible to make political discussions more civil? Can we use our political conversations and posts to help us learn and grow, or at least start by pretending that despite what we might think, we’re not always right, don’t know it all and anyone who disagrees with us might not be a moron?
Let’s give it a try, shall we? And let’s begin by turning to our communication professionals who can take the lead and help people in their organizations address political issues, sensitive topics or other taboo subjects that remain under the rug or create unnecessary tension in the workplace. That would be a great contribution made by people who are equipped to tackle this issue head on in their organizations.
The approach that follows came from a delightful article published in ideas.ted.com by Celeste Headlee, who hosts a daily talk show, On Second Thought, on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Headlee provided smart ways to discuss politics without getting into a fight. What she said conjured up memories of a time in my life when I was, shall we say, a political operative.
Disclosure: I was a political science/journalism major in college and served as the political editor of the student newspaper. Between my junior and senior years, I helped run a congressional campaign in western Kansas and attended a national political convention on a Reader’s Digest stipend. After graduation, I served for six years as press secretary to the Kansas governor. By my mid-twenties I had learned how to talk “political.” For the most part,...
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