by Laurie Schloff/Senior Coaching Partner
World peace is getting harder to imagine. It seems that there’s a daily news headliner about losing it.
Kanye West just jumped on the stage and grabbed the microphone from Taylor Swift in the middle of her acceptance speech at the Video Music Awards to announce who HE thought should have won.
Come on Kanye, a lot of us are bonkers about Beyonce too, but somehow we learned it’s just not nice to grab awards away from winners at ceremonies.
On September 12, Serena Williams told the judges at the 2009 U.S Open that she didn’t like their call. “You can take this (expletive) ball and stuff it down your (expletive) throat.”
What separates the dignified from the sore loser? Keeping your cool and grace. Forget tennis for now, Serena and head directly to Anger Management Class.
And don’t forget that fiery moment one week ago. President Obama is giving his healthcare address and Representative Joseph Wilson of South Carolina blurts out “You lie!” when Obama asserted that illegal immigrants wouldn’t receive government covered healthcare.
Did you catch Joe Biden shaking his head with a how did we get to this level of disrespect look?
Reasonable American citizens of both parties agree with the Vice President that it’s rude to interrupt a presidential speech and to insult even worse.
We need to keep our eye on the scary bonding between irrational citizens who are overtaking town halls, hosting mad tea parties and flipping their lids when the Prez gives a pep talk to the kiddos.
It’s just not good for a society when anger becomes contagious. Venom is too easily spread online and on the airwaves and it’s worrisome. No matter what your politics, let’s get behind President Obama’s call for civil discussion and a calm manner.
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Following President Obama’s inauguration, The Palm Beach Post interviewed Laurie Schloff and Monica Murphy.
The article, titled “Speech expert: Obama’s address ‘good, not great'” can be found here. (more…)