One of the great inspiration for me lately was finding out about Scott Adams, the cartoon artist and creator of Dilbert. Not only is his cartoon excellent but he’s on a great youtube channel where he expounds about the persuasion techniques that President Trump is using in his speeches and tweet storms etc…
Scott Adams was predicting a Trump victory from early on because, as he explains, he had a unique qualification to understand the way main-stream America responds to powerful persuasion techniques that Donald Trump has mastered and uses to his advantage daily.
Scott Adams has invented a creative signature idiosyncrasy of his Youtube videos is what he calls the “simultaneous sip”, where he hoists up his extra-large coffee cup and takes a big sip, supposedly at the same time as all the viewers at home, hence almost each show he prompts us to take a sip of beverage, at the same time as he does. Listening to Scott Adams explain the clever tactics of persuasion techniques, was how I came across the book by him called “How to Fail at almost everything and still succeed”.
Fair enough to say that I have read and chuckled at Dilbert cartoons for as many years as they’ve been syndicated. The key to Dilbert is that it appeals to real people, working in real jobs in the real world. The masses can relate to Dilbert and people like to dislike the Boss, wherever they happen to work, it’s a normal thing for people to joke about the ineptitude of the company-life managers and the office world. This gives Scott Adams an interesting perspective, also because the cartoons are short and need to be blunt, he’s become an expert in expressing ideas in very short sentences and delivers a punch-line.
Having listened to Scott Adams speak in front of a crowd to promote his book “How to Fail at almost everything and still succeed” I was very impressed to learn about his determined life story and how he persisted until he found success as the Dilbert creator, however hearing him deliver a seminar convinced me that he would succeed at “something”, as he is very smart.
Once I heard him mention that he was a member of Mensa since he was interested to have his IQ tested (at a moment of self-doubt) and anyone can perform the IQ test, so he discovered he’s in the top 2%. This higher intelligence helps Adams to articulate himself in a very concise way, to explain how he sees incredible techniques of persuasion in Trump.