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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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The January 6th Capitol insurrection was a divisive moment in recent history that has scarred the country’s heart and soul. Changes in society have spurred many to believe in the great replacement conspiracy theory, yet what is it, really? Our host Bill Stierle and his co-host, Tom, discuss the events of January 6th and the surprising results of the research of Mr. Robert Pape on the insurrectionists. Bill and Tom analyze why the events of January 6th happened: Join in as they look at things from a different perspective and share their insights on these events.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
Taking a close look at our government and politics can pull out a lot of dirt. With everything that’s happening in the country right now, do you believe that America will care about the truth again? Bill Stierle and Tom get into a hot discussion about the issues surrounding the country and how disconnected the government and businesses are from integrity and accountability. Both entities would rather protect their brand names and the institution, than to be held accountable for something they didn’t do correctly or well. Along with these different societal groups, Bill and Tom believe that we as a people are not learning from past issues and that people are often saying and doing things that are out of alignment with integrity. If all of this continues, what type of values do you think America is going to step into? Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
How does a person’s emotional reactions relate to dealing with the rule of law? Bill Stierle and Tom discuss what happened in an episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, talking about the incident involving a man who called 911 for assistance in a robbery taking place at his neighbor’s home. They highlight the impact of the man’s emotional reaction to the situation and the 911 operator’s lack of communication skills to deescalate the caller. The caller escalated emotionally and eventually shot and killed the robbers. Bill and Tom discuss this incident in relation to Stand-Your-Ground-Laws that brings perspective into play as to why these laws are problematic, especially in a society where there are so many injuries and deaths due to gun violence. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
Republican Liz Cheney is currently on a brave advocacy campaign for truth. Her calling out of Donald Trump and decision to choose a different path from the GOP resulted in the House of Representative ousting her from leadership. Bill Stierle and Tom delve into this path she currently treads, reflecting she pulls into the spotlight the importance of the rule of law and her work in unraveling the truth amid the messy political rifts. They touch upon Trump's messaging, which continues to put a flawed brand on his own party and the entire country. Bill and Tom also enumerate situations where the public is put under a curse and spell of messages, from the ongoing pandemic to the complicated unrest in Afghanistan.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
Everyone has their own versions of the truth because of the belief messages they have heard (or created) and accepted as truth. One topic will always be refuted by another because they either believe it so much or are aggressively against it. Sadly, the entire nation is saturated in this kind of messaging, and therefore putting America into further political imbalance. Bill Stierle and Tom discuss how belief messages play a significant role in the internal war happening within the Republican Party and its followers. They delve into the still-ongoing battle against the supposed election fraud and how this mindset is directly influenced by Donald Trump's political branding. They also look at this on an individual level, talking about how the people's perception of truth is affected by this endless government dispute.Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 advantage without considering the impact they have on the people they are supposed to be serving. Join them for a healthy discussion on the news media and political figures that is always the talk of the town. Love the show? Subscribe, rate, review, and share!Here’s How »Join the Purchasing Truth Community today:billstierle.comLinkedInFacebookYouTube
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 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 see how great much trouble it can create. In this episode, Bill Stierle and Tom tackle the relationship between the hailstone principle and bias. They discuss it in relation to the Derek Chauvin Trial and the communication mess that happened after Representative Maxine Waters talked to reporters about the event. Learn the weight our words hold as they get passed on to others and then they inject their own meaning into them.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
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