Purchasing Truth

Purchasing Truth

Truth in Politics. Is it even possible to discuss truth in a safe way in a polarized United States? It is hard to imagine a safe conversation with your friends, co-workers, and family discussing the nation’s biggest issues. What it would be like to listen to and watch political discussions without the current reactivity, meltdown, or withdrawal? By listening in on the Purchasing Truth podcast with host Bill Stierle and moderator Tom, you will experience a discussion on why the restoration of the conversation about truth with perspective leads to a productive conversation in a partisan nation. This podcast will address the use of language by our leaders and in the news that has been dividing us, distracting us, splitting us, and keeping us from the unity we desire. An image of Norman Rockwell’s Thanksgiving in a distant American past reflects an American ideal captured in the little girl’s face as she experiences family members leaning in for connection that welcomes and accepts diverse opinions. At that time, people held vibrant conversations that reinforced unity without the discourse breaking the family apart. Today, America is very different. Freedom of speech and the technology age has brought a diversity of expression and access to instant information. Regrettably, it has also allowed for the expansion and amplification of marginal versions of truth and unverified opinions. With so many voices pulling for our attention, how can we accurately assess the reality or danger of all the things we hear? This results in issues being used to create enemy images of each other and keep us in a state of disconnection that generates fear and anger. Each side is looking for a mistake or angle to exploit and sow dissent. Political truth is lost as identity politics and limited beliefs about party objectives are marginalized. Having safe conversations about our versions of truth has been lost. Truth is not absolute. It changes and evolves when we search for and learn new things. The good news is we can have a better, safer discussion about what’s leaning towards false, partial-truth, or a full version of the truth and develop the ability to separate them from each other. In a world where the media is controlling the narrative, it’s more important than ever to dissect the messages that are shoved in our faces on a daily basis. Together, Bill and Tom sift through the information and data that is available, providing clarity and guidance, and return to a place where honesty and integrity mean something. Bill Stierle is a thought leader in the integration of emotional intelligence and brain research. With over 27 years of speaking, training and executive consulting expertise, Bill’s content and contributions are being felt daily inside the world’s top business schools, Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and government institutions. His extensive knowledge in communication and human development provides fresh insight on motivation, conflict reduction, professional productivity, organizational performance, and individual effectiveness. His thought-provoking, dynamic trainings provide content-rich, practical information that leaves a lasting impact on his audiences. Join Bill and Tom as they lead you to explore and engage truth in a different way. Discover language strategies, concepts, and skills that will move you closer to the truth as they tackle politics, leadership, health care, business, and many other areas that affect us all. Don’t just accept whatever information comes your way. Learn how to approach and process it from different angles and protect yourself against the truth being hijacked. In a world of uncertainty, massive cable, network, social media, and leadership propaganda, Purchasing Truth is a place where messages and motivations become clear. Make sure your truth can’t be purchased. Join us.

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May 7, 2021 35 min

Everybody loves an occasional controversy, but they quickly become toxic if left unchecked. Bill Stierle and Tom continue their conversation about the power of acting controversial, this time elaborating on how political commentators’ opinions on politics can leave a rather lingering bitter taste in the mouth of the general public. They also highlight how controversial people, both in politics and media, use their power to their ad...

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Tucker Carlson said “If you see a child wearing a mask, call the police because that’s child abuse.” Who would’ve thought that saying something controversial would actually be considered as a marketing strategy? Tucker Carlson, whether you like it or not, knows how to rile up an audience. Businesses these days would intentionally spout controversial statements just for attention. As the saying goes, “Any press is good press.” Learn...

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Just because something's on video doesn't mean it is the absolute truth. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the George Floyd incident and how different the outcome would have been if we didn’t have the video footage. In this video-based society we live in, we have different messages coming in from different directions. As a result, our perception and our perspective get skewed depending on the media we’re feeding...

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The previous episode of "Purchasing Truth" taught us how something as small as a speck of dust can expand out of all proportion and become a big, powerful communication hailstone. This is especially true when it comes to the words we speak, particularly when they come from the mouths of influential people. As if things can't get even more out of hand, try injecting some bias into that messaging hailstone, and you'll...

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A few words in a catchphrase can gain weight if they are repeated over and over again, gaining momentum, and causing a huge impact once they hit the intended recipient. This hailstone principle is a popular strategy in marketing, allowing businesses to convey their message to the audience without the need for lengthy materials. However, it can be used beyond brand building into influencing population behaviors in other realms. Bill...

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There's a prevailing belief about debt that if you're steeped in it, it's a bad thing. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how this belief may be true for personal debt, but that's not necessarily true for business debt and government debt. Businesses and governments often have to get into a lot of debt to get the economy running – producing businesses and creating jobs. Large companies like Amazon and Uber took on a treme...

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The United States needs certain structures for it to run effectively, but it seems like the nation doesn’t necessarily agree on what constitutes infrastructure. For the Republicans, the proposed infrastructure bill is nothing but a government spending spree. For the Democrats, the bill is critical for facility buildup and also for job-creation. What we have as a result is a debate where one side is trying to limit the definition of...

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The American Presidential press conference is one of the sought-out activities for the general public to observe because of its subtle surprises. Every word and punctuation mark from President Joe Biden will be labeled for everyone's ears. While that sounds collectively obedient, not everyone listens to affirm: it may be that they are waiting for a slip of tongue to amplify and create unexpected tensions from a statement that w...

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We were all taught not to pollute our natural environment, however, as societies proceeded to grow and expand, we gradually slipped from our original promises to our surroundings. Letting our environmental responsibilities fall away has exacerbated the problem to the point that we are no longer in the prevention phase of our environmental obligations. In this discussion, Bill Stierle and Tom share their viewpoints about preserving ...

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April 2, 2021 33 min

Every action and every deed as a politician is etched into people's minds. Realism tells us that people will only recall the wrong and immoral parts of every situation, even when someone is still in the process of facing a mistake. Is there a conventional way to conveniently handle and own up to mistakes and issues? A wrong response in those situations could lead to poor impressions in the public's mind. In this episode, Bi...

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Society's overall moral high ground is like a goalpost that constantly moves from one place to another throughout the years. Without it firmly rooted to the ground, many situations we typically considered wrong or unacceptable in the past may become tolerable today. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the many possibilities of how such an ever-changing and evolving moral compass can shape – and divide – society and the nation, especia...

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When only the soundbite matters, will America know what it actually stands for? The media so easily creates a soundbite from a sliver of truth and then spins a narrative it wants to promote, while the listeners choose which narrative best fits their biases. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how Ted Cruz misrepresented the American Rescue Plan, making an outrageous claim that millions of illegal immigrants will receive s...

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Donald Trump has resurfaced in the public eye at the CPA Conference and rolls out his greatest hits of labeling and diagnosing everyone who he sees as a threat. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom dive deep into Donald Trump's effective messaging and how people, particularly the Republican party, can act to take the flute out of the pied piper's hands. They talk about counter-messaging and the struggles the Republican par...

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Conflict creates tension. However, there’s a lot of money that can be made by offering something for sale, taking the opportunity to buy away, and then injecting the fear of missing out into a person so they buy. Although conflicts keep loyal followers close, when you’re buying and investing in an upset, there’s a big probability you won’t become a repeat buyer. In today’s show, Bill Stierle and Tom explore the relationship between...

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Capitalism, done the American way, has a way of messing up with people when it comes to serious supply and demand situations. We have seen this unfold during the early days of the pandemic, when the government tried to structure its messaging in such a way that people wouldn’t panic-buy masks and short the supply, which was very much needed by health workers. We have seen it again more recently when Texas stores literally had their...

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The power of media and public information is undoubtedly powerful - especially in today’s digital age - and it has all been magnified by the pandemic. As this time of hyper exposure – and hypersensitivity – will probably continue for the foreseeable future, the Republican Party is challenged to walk on media eggshells. Bill Stierle and Tom talk about the lasting impact President Donald Trump left on the GOP and how it affects the e...

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The drama of Donald Trump’s second impeachment is over and it’s interesting how the criminal courts are going to deal with the people who were responsible for the insurrection. For what it’s worth, the trial has shown two very different kinds of leadership. On the one hand, we have the Democrats under Nancy Pelosi, who are consistently missing on every opportunity to get a home run in their messaging. On the other hand, we have the...

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Bill Stierle and Tom continue to feel disheartened as senators are clearly determined to acquit Donald Trump in the second impeachment trial at the expense of the greater good. It seems they are willing to sacrifice the truth and America's constitution for their political survival. How can America regain its integrity when trust and respect are thrown out of the window? Who will hold value and accountability above selfish polit...

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As the Senate is about to commence Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, it has become clear that the former president is willing to throw his supporters under the bus to escape culpability in the Capitol storming incident. What does Trump’s “bad apples” argument say about his leadership? In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the leadership vacuum that is taking form as Trump’s place in history is being debated. Just how...

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Most Americans like to think of themselves as ideologically-free and treat “ideology” as a dirty word that they would never apply to themselves. But the fact that there are polarities in the country over this and that issue is the strongest indication that we live and breathe ideologies. There is a silent civil war going on – one that is fought in the realm of ideas and belief systems. It is a war where both sides hold on dearly to...

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