Top Ten Conflict Tips for Hillary Clinton Debating Donald Trump

With a lot of attention on the battle at the core of the US Presidential Election focused on one to one debates between the two candidates, I thought it would be fun to provide, as a professional negotiator used to trench warfare, one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips for Hillary Clinton:

  1. “Strategy rarely survives a punch in the mouth” (Mike Tyson): so take boxing lessons, at least metaphorically.
  2. Answer vicious attacks with a question aka a blocking move and then hit back hard
  3. Don’t try to policy wonk you way out of his attacks or in setting your own perspective; Sound bite counter sound bite.
  4. Use silence and eye balling as a weapon as you did in the Benghazi hearings and expose his bully side over and over again.
  5. Focus, focus, focus on the slice of the audience you can hope to shift, triangulating on your feet
  6. Work with the best trial attorneys on how to win over the jury
  7. Push his buttons early and often and keep him off balance, and know he will be trying to do the same to you: focus on your core and punch from it, demolishing him with humor.
  8. After Action Review your performance against Bernie and then adjust the lessons for the Brute and do the same for Trump’s performance against GOP rivals: what worked, what didn’t work, what would you do differently with Trump?
  9. Learn from each debate that takes place, without blame, but know Trump morphs/metastizes fast so figure out what game move he thinks you will make next time and use disinformation.
  10. Stick to your core and especially who you were before all the GOP crap was thrown at you for 25 years.

Clinton Trump boxing

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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