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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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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 how to harness the power of being controversial with your hosts, Tom and Bill Stierle, who are more than ready to tackle some controversial statements.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 on. What we need is to have awareness of how videos affect our society. With that in mind, we need to bring our best selves forward at all times. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
The previous episode has taught us how something as small as a speck of dust can easily blow out of proportion and become this one big hailstone. This is especially true when it comes to the words we speak, particularly coming from the mouths of powerful people. As if things can't get even more out of hand, try to inject a bias into it, and you'll see how great of an impact it creates. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom tackle the relationship between the hailstone principle and bias. They discuss it in alignment with the Derek Chauvin Trial and the communication mess that happened after Representative Maxine Waters talked to reporters about the event. Read as you learn the weight our words hold as it gets passed on to others and let them inject their own meaning to it.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 Stierle and Tom go deeply into how many politicians take advantage of the hailstone principle to solidify their movements, ideologies, and platforms. This strategy is evident in the still-roaring battle over claims of fraud in last year's presidential election. Bill and Tom discuss the hailstone principle's effect on government fundraising programs, immigration policies, and the way politicians create their own "branding.”Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 tremendous amount of debt before they started hitting gold. In this episode, Bill and Tom discuss the different levels of debt, why we should know how the different levels of debt work differently, and how the rumor that we're going to be enslaved by the Chinese because of the national debt is nowhere based in truth. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 infrastructure into a narrow category, while another side is trying to make it as inclusive as possible. Just how broad can we get when it comes to infrastructure? Which projects should be seen as essential if we are to consider future development? Listen in as Bill Stierle and Tom share their thoughts on this pressing issue.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 was intended to be to be kind. In this episode, host Bill Stierle and co-host Tom provide a healthy discussion about potential questions and topics to president Biden. Join in the conversation - any topic and response is possible!Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 the environment and recycling our trash. Many environmental rules have been implemented to lessen our "trashy" crisis, from offering recycling bins to taxing violators. Protecting our shared environment is not just an individual oath, and we need to address the current situation. Join the discussion and understand all of the aspects of what we can do to improve the environment and save what is left for future generations.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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, Bill Stierle and Tom discuss the path politicians might take to turn the tables in their tightest, most problematic situations. Join in the conversation to learn possible scenarios where an erratic and unintentional action leads to branching plots, and identify which response when facing a mistake could also be applied in current situations to lead to better potential outcomes.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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, especially with political leaders actively contributing so much to these shifts. They further emphasize the challenges of this constant shifting by presenting the vast differences among how people approach and receive different public issues. Among the cases they present are the sexual allegations against Andrew Cuomo and Harvey Weinstein, Brian William's fabricated helicopter crash, and the flaws in President Trump's COVID-19 response.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 stimulus checks, which is largely untrue. You can easily observe how the media on both sides takes their desired soundbite and handles it from a position of outrage rather than from a position of observation and disseminating important, factual information to the public. Listen and become aware of the lying schemes that plague the American media today. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 party faces while discussing Republicans Ted Cruz and Ben Sasse and how they interface with Trump's attacking narrative. At the end of the day, what we need is for the country to heal and move forward. Listen in to this conversation for some great insights on how we can move beyond the Pied Piper, Donald Trump. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 conflict and loyalty and the role that accountability plays in all of these.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 shelves emptied by weather-panicked citizens. These situations often put to question the American public’s conception of the relationship between capitalism and government regulation – a discussion that often devolves into a fruitless tug-of-war in the capitalist-socialist dichotomy. How will this dynamic play out during the current efforts at vaccine distribution? Bill Stierle and Tom see some parallels that are quite interesting to explore. Join them as they share their thoughts.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 entire party's reputation among the American people. This scrutiny has been exacerbated by the recent outcry involving Republican Senator Ted Cruz leaving the people of his home state of Texas in the middle of a harsh winter storm and energy grid failure to vacation in Mexico. There is a huge contrast between self-service and public service, particularly regarding what elected politicians must do for their constituents in order to avoid negative public perception.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 uncannily brilliant performance of Mitch McConnell, who somehow made it appear to the world that he is taking the right stand, when he clearly isn’t taking any. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss these events that reflect the larger trends of division within the Republican Party and ineffective messaging on the part of the Democrats. So, what happens now? The weeks and months that follow will surely be interesting.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 political ambitions? Join in the conversation as Bill and Tom discuss the need for integrity and empathy to keep this nation afloat.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 valid is the “bad apples” argument? How is it going to affect Trump’s image from the perspective of his followers? Join in the discussion and reflect on what this means for the prospects of unity in the highly-polarized political atmosphere we live in today.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 their biases as if their lives depended on it. We see this all over the place, from pro-Trump vs. anti-Trump, Republican vs. Democrat, socialist vs. capitalist – the list goes on. Listen in as Bill Stierle and Tom make the case for why we should learn how to live with these polarities and engage in healthy dialogue so that we can move together as a nation without the risk of descending into an actual civil war.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
Truth is relative, and a big part of that relativity is a person's perception. What one person believes will be relative to their beliefs about how they perceive something as true. Where this relativity starts to become dangerous is when people fail to consider the full range of truth or experiences possible in the human condition. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom talk about the purchasing of truth in terms of that relativism. Using the example of the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, they discuss how much action has been taken because of the things that have been said, such as the riot and siege on the Capitol. They dig deeper into the ways doubt and skepticism have been planted and the impacts on the efforts in Congress to hold Trump accountable for it all. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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