Rate your one-on-one conversation skills

What if you could dramatically improve your one–on–one conversation skills to the point that you’re comfortable and persuasive in nearly any situation? I know from experience after experience that this is possible. The first step is to know where you are–and what’s possible. Try out this Constructive Conversation Scorecard I just created (just click the link and the scorecard will be downloaded). f you fill it out and send …

In six weeks I will debate Leonardo DiCaprio…

Actually I‘ll be debating the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s CEO, Terry Tamminen, at the massive Collision conference in New Orleans, LA. I‘m excited to do this because DiCaprio is one of the world’s most prominent opponents of fossil fuels. By taking on his appointed guru I can leverage his fame while refuting someone credible. The conference is massive and I have been told to expect 500 in the audience. And it willbe livestreamed and archived so anyone, anytime …

The (free) stakeholder strategy tool I encourage everyone to try

(To get the tool immediately, just click here.) For the last several years we have worked on creating the most effective messaging strategies, content, and training to Neutralize attackers Turn non-supporters into supporters Turn supporters into champions. After working with dozens of companies and other organizations and studying many more, and testing/refining our approach in every medium imaginable with the general public, I am confident that we have developed a system that, if widely …

4 minute video from CERAWeek on reframing internal and external communications

I’m writing this from Midland Texas, part of the now-legendary Permian Basin, a once-denigrated oilfield that became the envy of the world once it was transformed by shale energy technology. I’m about to speak at a forum with 100+ executives here in Midland, and then tomorrow I’ll stay in the area to hold a Stakeholder Strategy Session with a local company. Earlier this week I was …

Will Bill Nye debate me?

On Tuesday I posted this on Twitter. Why Bill Nye “The Science Guy”? Because he is the most prominent opponent of fossil fuels that has shown any inclination to debate. My top 2 dream debates are Al Gore (whom I have offered $100,000) and Elon Musk (who blocked me from Twitter for asking a few tough questions). Bill Nye, on the other hand, is occasionally willing to debate opponents …

My 30-minute interrogation on fossil fuels; the I Love Fossil Fuels tie

Last year at CERAWeek I sat down with TV host Aaron Harber for what I can only describe as an interrogation (a friendly interrogation). He asked the toughest questions he could–and there were some good ones–and I answered in rapid-fire style. It was a lot of fun. If you want a fun exercise, pause the video after each question and think of your own answer. Then see how our approaches compare. New! I Love Fossil Fuels Tie Two …

Why taxing CO2 is immoral

Recently a friend of mine asked me what I thought about the Wall Street Journal piece, “A Conservative Answer to Climate Change” by former Republican Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker–which is the latest of many calls by certain Republicans and industries for a “carbon tax.” (A tax on carbon dioxide, definitely not the same thing as carbon.) My friend …

Why I’m spending March in Houston

From March 1-31st I will be in Houston–the energy capital of the world. While I have visited Houston many times, I’ve decided to make an extended visit in order to immerse myself in the oil and gas industry’s current challenges–particularly its communication challenges. I’ve been working a lot on developing techniques and materials to overcome these challenges and I’m looking forward to some interesting strategic conversations. I’m particularly looking forward to the CERAWeek conference in early March, run by Daniel Yergin and Jamey …

The Critics of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

It is a common myth that today’s environmental movement will eagerly attack all supporters of fossil fuels. They will eagerly attack the weakest, least persuasive supporters of fossil fuels. But thelast thing they want to do is clash with a strong, persuasive, dare-I-say complete case for fossil fuels. Thus, when The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels was released over two years ago, while many others expected a flood of criticisms from environmentalists, I expected a desert of commentary from environmentalists — until and unless the moral case got so …

Society of Petroleum Engineers Keynote

This past Tuesday I got the opportunity to keynote the Society of Petroleum Engineers(SPE) Hydraulic Fracturing Technology Conference. There were around 2,000 attendees at the conferences and 800 at my event. I was particularly eager to speak to SPE because it has incredible reach in the energy industry with over 100,000 members. Further, they changed the format of the conference to bring me in. Usually, the keynote event is a panel of executives discussing …