How Do You Keep Your Secrets From the Media?

Top secret stampWhen the CEO of the world’s #2 bank says there is no such thing as an “off the record” comment to the media, you can take it as gospel.

Not so long ago, Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, addressed 200+ members and guests of the Financial Women’s Association. When he was introduced, the audience was clearly told that his comments were in off the record. Mr. Dimon grinned and got a great deal of laughs when he cracked “there is no such thing as off the record.” …Read more…

When Is It OK to Respond “No Comment” to a Reporter?

No comment

To comment or not to comment

The conventional wisdom for media interviews is that you never say “no comment” when a reporter asks you a question you can’t or don’t want to answer.

You Must Answer the Question

Of course, you can’t give the journalist confidential organization information, or remark during the very period going before an initial public offering (IPO). Be that as it may, you cannot disregard the inquiry. You don’t want to use the words “no comment,” which is like waving a red flag. Yet, many interview subjects figure they can just stonewall the reporter and bridge back to their key messages. …Read more…

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…

So What’s the Difference Between Media and Presentation Training? And Why Does it Matter?

What’s the big deal about what you call a training session? Actually, the distinctions between different types of training are a big deal. Many people will ask for media interview training when they really need presentation training and vice versa.

Even the Public Relations Society of America, in the brochure promoting its International Conference, got the two confused in this workshop listing:

“Media Training: Enhancing Speaker Presence,
Controlling the Interview Process

The most successful speak powerfully, knowledgeably
and succinctly – all thanks to media training . . . “

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