Dealing with hecklers

Long-time YBF lecturer, Dr John Shosky, has written speeches for American Presidents, Cabinet appointees and senior White House officials since the 1980s. Each summer, Dr Shosky runs a public speaking workshop for the Young Britons’ Foundation in Washington DC. Part of that workshop deals with how to handle hecklers.

Here are two examples this week that show how to deal with heckling. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slams a well-known Democrat campaigner who stalks him across the state in his now well-known Sopranos-style combative approach. President Obama attacks his heckler by turning his fire on the Republicans (forgetting that his own party, the Democrats, controlled both Houses of Congress for the first part of his presidency and yet he was still unable to get immigration reform past his own party colleagues).

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum

This is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, visited each year by the Young Britons’ Foundation and the inspiration behind the Margaret Thatcher Centre. It is a fitting way to remember a great President and close ally of Margaret Thatcher – the man who won the Cold War without firing a single shot.

Soundbytes

Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/firms-to-receive-nhs-cash-to-reward-staff-for-losing-weight-in-radical-model-for-health-care-9811782.html

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29823763

Total Politics: http://www.totalpolitics.com/articles/447372/a-load-of-static.thtml

Daily Sound

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means
– Ronald Reagan

Soundbytes

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29660029

Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/10/16/EFDD-Collapses-As-Latvian-Member-Pulls-Out

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/11169311/Denounce-illegal-Ukrainian-elections-and-avoid-frozen-conflict-David-Cameron-tells-Vladimir-Putin.html

Daily Sound

We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain only to see them re-imposed at a European level, with a European superstate exercising a new dominance from Brussels
– Margaret Thatcher

Soundbytes

Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/10/15/the-nus-votes-to-reject-c_n_5987930.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/11166734/Queen-visits-Tower-of-Londons-sea-of-poppies.html

Conservative Home: http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2014/10/osborne-should-cut-national-insurance-for-poorer-workers.html

Daily Sound

No arsenal is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women
– Ronald Reagan

Soundbytes

Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/1352481/house-of-commons-to-debate-scotlands-future

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/10/13/do-obamas-low-approval-numbers-matter-why-paul-krugman-says-no/

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11160371/George-Osborne-use-your-pension-as-a-bank-account.html

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/11142293/A-Citizens-Wealth-Fund-would-create-billions-for-investment.html

Daily Sound

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
– Ronald Reagan

Soundbytes

Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/1351896/pms-pledge-to-sack-failing-headteachers

Breitbart: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/10/12/Obama-Plays-200th-Round-of-Golf-as-2nd-Ebola-Case-Emerges

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/nhs/11158184/NHS-strikes-14000-nurses-would-be-sacked-if-we-agreed-to-1-pay-rise-says-Jeremy-Hunt.html

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I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job
– Margaret Thatcher