When Your Stump Speech Goes Stale

How’s your stump speech?

You’re not a politician, you say. You don’t give stump speeches. But think about it. If you’re on a company’s new business team, or a member of their speaker’s bureau, you’re giving stump speeches all the time. They’re just called media interviews or presentations.

Aren’t they similar to what the presidential and congressional candidates are doing right now in their stump speeches? You’re pounding away at your key messages every time you speak. …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…