It’s not often that a public figure reinforces what The Terri Ammerman Group teaches in our communication training seminars. In this case, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer demonstrated her awareness that a microphone should always be considered hot before, during and after a speech or interview.
Whitmer was clowning around a bit, preparing to deliver her virtual Democratic Convention speech, when she mouthed an expletive to make a point.
Gov. Whitmer (D-MI) jokes before going live: “It’s not just Shark Week … it’s Shark Week *mouths expletive*” pic.twitter.com/KSndbTvLZi
— The Recount (@therecount) August 18, 2020
We’re not sure what led Whitmer to mouth the expletive and we’re not suggesting others follow suit. Don’t try it. It will not be a good look for you. Nonetheless, the governor’s message is one every communicator should absorb: always assume microphones, cameras, and cell phones are hot and recording your words and image. Your message could receive a very cold reception if you fail to heed this lesson.