The 12 Worst Mistakes in Working With the Media

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The web has changed the way we work with journalists. Many media interviews take place in email exchanges. Reporters conduct interviews on Skype. The news cycle is now 24/7.

Follow the Rules

But, as the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The basic rules of working with a reporter on a story …Read more…

Why the Reporter Didn’t Quote You — or Your Client

Why wasn't I quoted?

Why wasn’t I quoted?

Nothing is worse than picking up the phone and hearing an irate client on the other end of the line asking, “Why wasn’t I quoted? Why did I waste my time talking to John Jones? How come you didn’t make sure I was included in the story?”

You’re lucky if you’ve never experienced that sinking feeling in your gut because you, or your client, weren’t quoted in a story after a media interview.

Definitely not a fun experience! …Read more…

Do You Stand for a Phone Interview With a Reporter?

Do you stand for a phone interview is a serious question. An in-person media interview with a reporter is less likely these days than the return of the manual typewriter.

So how do you make the best impression when you can’t see the whites of a reporter’s eyes?

Preparing for the Phone Interview

In an earlier post, we discussed developing your key messages and you’ve practiced them until they roll off your tongue smoothly, right? …Read more…

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…