A TV Interview With Another Guest is Like Ballroom Dancing

When you’re invited to appear on a TV talk show you may be sharing the spotlight with another guest. That might be your co-author of a book, a celebrity new-product spokesperson, your business partner or a medical expert.

Once you get on television, the exchange between you and a second spokesperson needs to be choreographed, like ballroom dancing. A media trainer can help you to practice your routine until you’re totally in step.

You’re both there for your knowledge and experience. More often than not, the producer may pair you with an expert of his choice. The conversation should be balanced between the two of you. You want to appear as a dynamic, cohesive team. One person shouldn’t dominate the conversation; you both bring information and expertise to the interview. …Read more…

How to Write an Impromptu Speech

Writing an impromptu speech isn’t a non sequitur, though it may seem contradictory.

Impromptu Speech

Improptu Speech

While you don’t have time to write down your thoughts if you’re called on to say something extemporaneously, you do want to make a positive impression.

The secret is to prepare in advance so you’re ready with your “impromptu” remarks.

Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the questions that people fear the most. It’s usually the first “surprise” question you’ll get in a job interview, or when meeting a prospective client in a new business pitch…or even in a media interview. Don’t start sweating. Instead, take a breath and then respond with the key points you had prepared in advance because you expected that opener. …Read more…

How to Make a Presentation When the Equipment Fails !%!!#!

Remember that sick feeling you had as a kid when the teacher said, “Be prepared for a test tomorrow.” You hadn’t even opened the textbook yet!

That’s how it feels when you’re about to make a presentation and your laptop freezes or something equally awful happens.

Be Prepared

When you’re scheduled to present, be prepared. You don’t want to experience that sick feeling again when something goes wrong. Make a checklist of what you need to be at your best.

Being prepared saved the day recently …Read more…

Communicating With People Who Speak a Different Language

There are certain words we can’t pronounce – even in our own language.  Who hasn’t at one time or another stumbled over “synthesize” or “irrevocably?”

So when you’re delivering a presentation or preparing for a media interview, be sure to practice out loud and replace those tongue twisters to improve your communication skills. You have many words to choose from with the same meaning.

A Different Story

Communication skills for foreign language speakers

More than a mangled language?

But it’s a different story when you’re communicating with an individual or an audience comprised of people who speak a different language. Words have different meanings. And the gestures that you feel are perfectly acceptable may be considered offensive.

What works in one culture doesn’t work in another. America is a nation of immigrants so we are accustomed to hearing many languages and accents. We’re often in awe of visitors who can speak not one, but two or three languages. …Read more…