Donald Trump Said What?!

Giving a speech can be a daunting task for many people.  There are a lot of articles out there that offer advice as to how to give a great speech.  Forbes has an article online that suggests being well prepared, working the room, using relaxation techniques, standing up straight, being confident in your body language, and taking your time (Smith, 2013).  Sometimes watching a good speech can help give people an idea of what they should and should not do when giving a speech.

But what if someone decided to watch the current presidential campaign speeches?  What if they decided to model their speech after Donald Trump?  Trump definitely is well prepared and confident, and he probably does not need to do any relaxation techniques as he seems quite comfortable in front of any type of crowd.  So technically speaking, his speeches are very good.  But he also uses harsh insults to drive his points home.  In a recent speech, Trump slammed everyone from the President of the United States to U.S. senators, governors, the media, and politicians as a whole. Trump’s take on the people who report unemployment statistics: “Bunch of clowns. Bunch of real clowns” (Kurtzleben, 2015).

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The question here is not whether or not Donald Trump is an effective speaker, but rather this:  

Do the insults made by Donald Trump sway your decision one way or another as to what his effectiveness as a President would be?  What would happen to speakers (like PR professionals) if they chose to speak in a similar manner?


KURTZLEBEN, D. (2015, July 21). The Best Insults Of Donald Trump’s Latest Campaign Speech. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from its all politics:

Smith, J. (2013, August 13). How to Give a Great Speech. Retrieved August 12, 2015, from Forbes:


Starbucks Plan to Create Youth Jobs

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Today there are very few businesses who do not focus some of their attention on community relations.  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is something that many American companies are taking very seriously.  This idea of “giving back” is a way for businesses to connect with the community, and use their corporate presence to do something good. (Seitel, 2014, pp.275-276)  For Starbucks Corporation, a new community relations plan is in the works and is proving to be a huge success.

Starbucks has launched the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative to provide job training and skills for young people between the ages of 16-24 years, who are neither employed nor attending school.  Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 such individuals by 2018. But this plan does not end with Starbucks.  Since the plan’s inception, 17 other major corporation have joined the coalition including FedEx, Pizza Hut, Prudential, Red Robin, Hyatt, and Mars to name a few. (Madhani, 2015)

This is a perfect example of how a single company can have a major impact on communities all around the country.  The impressive aspect of this plan in particular is the response that it inspired from other companies wanting to help.

Food for Thought:

Does a company’s contributions to the community impact whether or not you choose to do business with that company? Why or why not?


Madhani, A. (2015, August 4). 12 major companies join Starbucks 100,000 youth jobs push. Retrieved August 5, 2015, from USA Today:

Seitel, F. P. (2014). The Practice of Public Relations 12th Edition. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.