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Campaign tips: Dealing with political anger

In a political debate, you can tell who is losing by listening for who begins to shout the loudest. The person who has to turn up the volume is the one who has run out of logical points to make, or who cannot keep up with the pace of the discussion.

If you’re in a debate and you start feeling overwhelmed, slow down and turn down the volume, rather than up.

Give yourself some time to think by prefacing your remarks: “I want to make sure I say this the way I intend,” or “That’s a good question and it deserves a thoughtful answer.” This gives your brain and your dinosaur emotions a chance to calibrate.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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