“I’ll never forget this hearing.” — Senator Barbara Boxer
One year ago today, I testified in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
My five minute presentation was called “the best five minutes of defense of fossil fuels I have ever seen” by prominent meteorologist, Joe Bastardi.
But the most memorable part of the day was my interaction with Senator Barbara Boxer.
Senator Boxer is a notorious bully of guests she disagrees with. However, she has never tried to bully anyone who a) knows the moral case for fossil fuels and b) has a robust framework for one-on-one communication. (A reminder to get our free Constructive Communication tool at the end of this email.)
And if you agree with me that the message of this video is still relevant today, please share this video on Facebook, Twitter, or just forward this column!
ALSO: Whenever you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help your organization turn non-supporters into supporters and turn supporters into champions.
1. Fill out the free Constructive Conversation Scorecard to assess where you are and where you want to be in your one-on-one communications.
Email it back to me and I’ll send you my step-by-step Constructive Conversation System that will enable you to talk to anyone about energy.
2. Hire me to speak at your next event.
If you have an upcoming board meeting, employee town hall, or association meeting, I have some new and updated speeches about the moral case for fossil fuels, winning hearts and minds, and communications strategy in the new political climate. If you’d like to consider me for your event, just reply to this message and put “Event” in the subject line.
3. Hold a Constructive Conversation workshop.
For the last two years I have been testing and refining an approach to one-on-one conversations that anybody can use. I call it the Constructive Conversation Formula. If you have between 5-20 people who interact frequently with stakeholders and want custom guidance on how to win hearts and minds, just reply to this article and put “Workshop” in the subject line.
PS: I got this feedback in response to a workshop the other week: “It is very encouraging to receive useful tools to help us deal with all-too-common situations we find ourselves in that make us feel very uncomfortable and that we know are just not right…the Constructive Conversation Formula…is fantastic. Doing the role playing and providing examples was absolutely essential”.