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.

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.