Do Integrity and Trust Still Count for Anything?

Not to be cynical, but the recent past hasn’t been so encouraging if you still believe that trust and integrity count in this world.

Not so long ago, CNN released the contents of the late Lybian Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ personal journal, after reportedly assuring his family that it wouldn’t. Commenting on the CNN brouhaha, a spokesperson for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted as telling a reporter to f–k off.

Integrity vs Trust

Do Integrity and Trust Count?

The photo of a topless Duchess of Cambridge sun bathing on a private vacation was another media shocker. After the photo appeared in a French magazine, other media took the attitude “they printed it so why can’t we?” So the image is going viral in other countries (but not the U.K.) and so far as we know not the U.S. …Read more…

How to Give Feedback Without Reducing Someone to Tears

Employees, performers, investors and inventors always say they want feedback on how they did. But do they really want to hear the bad along with the good?

Most people are hoping for positive feedback. But most of us also learn from our mistakes and benefit from constructive criticism. There is a right way and a wrong way, though, to give feedback after a presentation or media interview, without reducing someone to tears.

Accentuate the Positive

When critiquing a presentation with someone, …Read more…

How to Answer Questions From a Reporter Without Messing Up

Answer questions, Reporter Q&A

Always answer questions truthfully

Once you’ve mentioned your key messages during an interview with a reporter, are you prepared to answer the questions that are sure to be asked?

The Q&A can be the most important part of the interview. If you blow an answer – or blow off the reporter – all your media training and hard work will be down the drain.

Maintain Control

You can’t control the reporter or the content of a story. You can, and must, control your input into the reporter’s story throughout the interview. …Read more…

Presentations and Media Interviews are Easy – When You Know How

If you have not have visited the Newman Group’s website lately, then you’ve missed the videos that describe what we do and our approach to our specialties: presentation and media training. Plus, we are getting ready to announce virtual training sessions in the post-Covid-19 age and you are among the very first to know about it.

We are pleased by the positive feedback to this blog. Our readers tell us they particularly enjoyed our series on presentation training and our series on crisis communications training.

If you missed these posts, or want a refresher on the techniques of giving a presentation and managing the media during a crisis, the titles and links to the posts are below.

Presentation Training

In these three posts, we discuss preparing for a presentation, giving a presentation, and following up after the presentation:
The Presentation Begins When You Book the Date
The Presentation is Not About You
A Presentation Doesn’t End After the Applause

Media Training for Crisis Communications

These posts describe how to manage an Instant Crisis, an Act of God, and a Brewing Crisis:
Effective Crisis Management Means Sweating the Small Stuff
Crisis Communications When an Act of God Strikes
How a Manicurist Nicked a Finger and Started a Crisis

Blogs That Entertained and Informed

We had some fun with these posts while providing tips on etiquette, what to do when you flub a presentation, where to sit in a meeting, and why your personal image is so important:
Are You Using the Wrong Fork? A Business Primer on Table Manners and Etiquette
Don’t Faint When you Flub a Presentation – Laugh at Yourself
How to Stand Out by Where You Sit Down
Are you Sabotaging Your Presentations With an Out-of-Date Image?

We welcome your comments and also suggestions for topics that you would like us to write about in the future.