Reporters are Searching for You. Are You Ready for a Media Interview NOW?

We can all agree that times have changed … and keep changing. Today, how to pitch reporters is very different from the way it used to be.  It’s still true that a media pitch with a compelling subject line and a dazzling story idea will still likely grab a reporter’s attention.

But the Internet offers reporters a smorgasbord of experts in every conceivable subject. …Read more…

All That Preparation and Your Product Demonstration Flopped

Product DemonstrationYour worst fear is happening, live and on air: the product you’re demonstrating doesn’t work. When it happens on TODAY, it’s more than a bit embarrassing and certainly diminishes the company’s product and brand.

You Can’t Slap it Together

It takes intricate planning for a product demonstration, or to prepare …Read more…

Don’t Gush Over Top Celebrities In a Coaching Session

 

3d white people. OscarWhen coaching celebrities, it’s important to be respectful of their talent. Gushing over them or asking for their autograph is counterproductive.

If a celebrity spokesperson has been booked for your product launch or PR program, he will most likely need message training. And whether you, or an external coach, is conducting the training, it’s important to take charge and set ground rules. Specifically, the coach needs to be the “director” to get the necessary buy-in from the celebrity for the best results. …Read more…

How to Answer Questions From a Reporter Without Messing Up

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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…