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).