Lipstick on a Pig: Winning in the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game
By Torie Clarke
Clarke's experience is incomparable: She was the Pentagon's communications chief during the early years of George W. Bush's presidency and, prior to that, a high-ranking adviser to the first President Bush and to Senator John McCain. She illustrates her lessons with riveting behind-the-scenes accounts of some of our country's crucial moments over the last two decades -- for instance, as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, she was at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and she recounts her experience that day as Rumsfeld's office strove to inform, instruct, and reassure the public.
Clarke shows that a policy of transparency not only protects you, but that you even stand to gain from it -- because once you figure out that you can't put lipstick on a pig, you've actually learned something far more powerful: not to create a pig in the first place. Her lessons for getting your message out include:
Tell your own story -- especially if it's bad news -- on your own terms, before someoneelse tells it on theirs. It will allow you to survive controversy and will also enhance your reputation.
It's about one thing. Be ready and able to explain yourself to the proverbial man on the street in a clear, simple sentence or two.
Admit your mistakes, because the truth will out.Entertaining, approachable, and full of crucial insight and practical guidance, "Lipstick on a Pig" will be indispensable for business leaders, public figures, and anyone working in media relations. With humor and savvy, Clarke's vision offers truly new opportunities for communications in the Information Age.
-- Bestselling authors Mary Matalin and James Carville
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