What to Look for in Hiring a Celebrity or Subject Matter Spokesperson

An interview with Deb Durham, President of SPOKESPERSONS PLUS NETWORK®

What do you look for in a spokesperson?

Whether you seek a subject matter expert or a celebrity spokesperson, credibility is the #1 quality to look for. You only want a spokesperson who can authentically get behind your brand’s messaging and has the credentials that support it.

post1 For example, my company secured Anna Post, Emily Post’s great-great granddaughter and an etiquette expert in her own right, for Intel’s Mobile Etiquette campaign.

Anna is 30-something, has the perfect background, and in addition to the media activities booked by Intel’s PR folks, Anna was able to incorporate Intel’s messaging into interviews she was doing on her own to promote the recently launched the 18th Edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette, of which she is co-author.

Secondly, make sure that the spokesperson has not …Read more…

Daring to Say “No” Without Ending a Client Relationship

Say no to a client?

Say no to a client?

Sometimes it’s just easier to give in and say “yes,” even when you believe you should be saying “no.” That’s certainly the case when your child is pestering you for another piece of candy in a quiet movie theater — or, when everyone in a group is ready to move on except you. You give in when nothing very serious is at stake.

Take a Stand

But it’s a different matter when your principles are involved, or your time and money are at stake. Then you’ve got to take a stand. It’s how …Read more…

Has the Internet Changed What Reporters Are Looking for in a Story?

Man Bites Dog

Man Bites Dog

While the number of print newspapers and magazines is shrinking, the trend is more than offset by the proliferation of online media outlets. Think Huffington Post, online editions of print publications, and blogs.

At the end of 2012 Newsweek shut down its print edition and morphed into the online Daily Beast.

Have the Rules Changed?

Social media has enabled new conversations between reporters and their sources. So have the rules changed about how to pitch a reporter and what they’re looking for in a story? …Read more…

Should You Take Drugs to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking in Public?

hand with a pillYes, you read that right. Some individuals have such bad stage fright that they are resistant to coaching.

This post is not meant as a prescriptive that everyone take “something” to calm their nerves. Most people, with presentation or media training, can overcome their anxieties. They are content experts, but not experts at presenting themselves.

Drugs or Not?

Then there are the speakers who are content experts and understand the rules of making a presentation and answering the media’s questions. …Read more…