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International Communication Skills Expert and Author Gil Peretz: 'Obama Needs to Replace His Debate Team Now; the President Forgot How to Make Love to the Camera'

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "President Barack Obama's ineffective performance at the first presidential debate is a failure of his debate team. They did not prepare him well for the debate. They did not give him the right one-liners or sound bites that would stick to the audience's minds. They say they did not want him to take the risk of being perceived as too aggressive. Well, they forgot that in life, if you risk nothing, then you risk everything," said Gil Peretz, co-author of Obama's Secrets and an international speaker.

"The team was aware of the fact that Mitt Romney had been practicing for the debates for months. Yet, it seems like picking Senator John Kerry as 'Mr. Romney' in Obama's preparations was a mistake. They should take someone who has professional skills in role-playing, with all the respect to Senator Kerry. It seems like Obama's team did not give enough attention to many tiny details. The result was clear: They let Mitt Romney create a great performance. You never have a second chance to make a first good impression. Romney's team knew it, and they did a great job."

"The president should stop lecturing and using rational arguments. People make decisions based on their feelings. It's not what you say; it's what they feel. In the first debate they did not feel Obama's passion. His staff should have helped him better warm up before going on stage, and get into peak state. His failure is their failure, and he should consider replacing them, or at least, add 'outside-the-box experts' to his team. If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got.

President Obama is a great communicator but he did not use some of the basic skills. Michael Jordan had bad games and knew how to recover. Obama should play much better with the camera. If he makes love to the camera, the audience will love his messages too. He should talk faster, use short stories, and attack."

"If I have three hours with the president I can help him re-invent himself for the next two debates," he added.

An expert on presentation skills with more than 25 years of experience, Gil Peretz is one of the world's leading authorities on communication, pitching, and sales training. Global companies based in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific invite Peretz to deliver power-packed business ideas, and to lead customized dynamic workshops designed to inspire their people to action. Peretz developed a unique coaching method to help leaders and C-level executives communicate better, in order to get their messages to their target audience.

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