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…

Should You Be Doing This Media Interview?

Should I Do This Media Interview?

Should I Do This Media Interview?

That’s an important question to ask yourself before you schedule a media interview with a reporter.

You’ve no doubt noticed that many politicians who appear on Sunday morning talk shows almost immediately go on the defensive. They have a point of view on the topic that is at odds with the reporter’s questions from the get-go.

On the Defensive

Too often a talk show guest will evade answering the questions and continually return to his point of view. This is the broken record syndrome taken to its extreme. …Read more…

Don’t Wear Your Pajamas on Skype in a Media Interview

If you were meeting a reporter in person for a media interview, you would be dressed in appropriate business attire.
Free video calling service

You can also have a face-to-face interview with a reporter using Skype, the free video calling service that enables individuals in two different locations to have a conversation on their computers. No need to leave your office – which may be in your home, as more executives work virtually.

You still need to act and look your best on Skype. If you’re calling from home, dress as if you were meeting a client, not going to a pajama party.

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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…