What should you do with your hands in a media interview? PR Discussion Question

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Should you sit with your hands folded together? If you are standing, should they be clasped as well? Or should you make the appropriate hand gestures as you speak? What could your nonverbals be saying about you during your media interview? It may seem like a simple question, but every minute detail counts when you […]

Why do they say men should wear makeup in a media interview? PR Tips

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Have you seen any men whose makeup looked bad in a TV interview? Or men that should have worn makeup but they didn’t? Should men feel uncomfortable about wearing makeup on camera? Could it help them to look more attractive? Could it help them increase their credibility? Or is it just a “Hollywood” custom that […]

Why do they say men should wear makeup in a media interview?

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Should men feel uncomfortable about wearing makeup on camera? Could it help them to look more attractive? Could it help them increase their credibility? Or is it just a “Hollywood” custom that isn’t really necessary for men doing a media interview? Have you seen any men whose makeup looked bad in a TV interview? Or […]

What should you do if you are in the middle of a television interview and you know you’ve said something wrong? Tips from PR Experts

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Corporate communications professionals, public relations spokespeople, and senior level executives must be trained on how to effectively speak to the media. Media training is crucial for company spokespeople to maintain or improve their organization’s brand, reputation, and revenue. So, why do so many media interviews go so wrong? What can a spokesperson do to correct […]

What should you do if you are in the middle of a television interview and you know you’ve said something wrong? Please comment!

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We have all seen a media interview where a CEO, senior-level executive or company spokesperson said something incorrect or less than professional. This week, crisis communications expert Gerard Braud polls social media to ask, “What should you do if you are in the middle of a television interview and you know you’ve said something wrong?” […]

What is the proper posture when you are sitting for a live media interview?

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  The question we are posing on social media this week for public relations and media relations professionals is, “What is the proper posture when you are sitting for a live media interview?” The answer may not be as straightforward as you think. Should you lean in, or lean back? Should your arms be folded […]

Comment please: What should you wear in a media interview?

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Whether it’s for print, radio or on television, what should you wear in a media interview? That is the discussion question we are posing this week on the BraudCast for our social media followers and public relations experts. Should you go for simple and conservative? Or show your personality a bit more? How do you […]

Featuring Your Answers: Getting Your Leader, CEO, Executive to a Media Training Class

By Gerard Braud – It can be very difficult for public relations and media relations professionals to persuade their CEO to schedule a media training class. All excuses are thrown on the table, such as, “it’s too expensive,” or “I have just don’t have the time.”  In some cases, your leader may be embarrassed  or […]

Please Answer: How can you persuade your CEO to take a media training class?

By Gerard Braud –     Public relations and media relations professionals know how crucial it is to have spokespeople, executives, and CEOs media trained and ready for a media interview at any given moment. However, it can be difficult to get senior level executives or the leadership team to put media training on their calendar. […]

You Answered “Does the CEO Need to be the Spokesperson Each Time in a Crisis?”

By Gerard Braud – On Monday we posed this public relations discussion question, “Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?” Corporate communications and media relations professionals weighed in on this topic, sharing their opinions on our social media accounts. Today  I’m sharing their answers in my follow-up video, as well as my crisis […]

Sharing Your Tips: Is It Ever Appropriate to Talk Off the Record?

By Gerard Braud – This week we posed the question, “Is it ever appropriate to talk off the record to a reporter?” for corporate communications, public relations, and media relations professionals to answer on our social media accounts. They have weighed in and shared their expert advice, which we are now sharing with you in […]

Sharing Your Answers: Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?

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By Gerard Braud – Earlier this week we posed the question, “Does the CEO need to be the spokesperson each time in a crisis?” Crisis communications and media relations professionals weighed in on this topic, sharing their best advice on our social media accounts. Now I’m sharing their answers in my follow-up video, as well […]

You answered: How do you talk to your spokesperson after they have messed up their media interview?

By Gerard Braud – Does one bad media interview ruin a career? Earlier this week I asked corporate communications and media relations professionals for their best advice for talking to a spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview. In this follow-up video, I am sharing your comments and best practices you shared on […]

How do you talk to your spokesperson after they’ve screwed up in a media interview?

By Gerard Braud – This week I am asking public relations and media relations professionals for their best advice for talking to a spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview. That’s right, an awkward and uncomfortable discussion to have. Make sure to comment and subscribe here to the weekly question, as well […]

BraudCast Question: How do you effectively talk to your spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview?

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By Gerard Braud – This week the BraudCast question is, “How do you effectively talk to your spokesperson after they have screwed up in a media interview?” This can be quite a daunting task for a public relations professional.  It can be uncomfortable and awkward. That is why I am asking public relations and media […]

BraudCast Question: What is your best advice to persuade your executives or CEO to take a media training class?

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By Gerard Braud – CEOs and executives may fear embarrassment in a media training class, they may have a hectic schedule, or can’t justify spending their revenue on a media trainer. Public relations professionals and internal communications professionals often have a difficult time getting their CEO or executives to put media training on their calendar. […]

BraudCast Question: Who should be your spokesperson in a crisis?

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In the public relations industry there is often a debate about who should be the spokesperson for a company in a crisis. Some may argue that it should be the CEO or a senior executive, while others argue it should be a public relations professional. Please share your opinion with us and it may be […]

Tutorial #23 Your Official Responsibility as a Public Relations Professional or Corporate Spokesperson

Tutorial #23 by Gerard Braud – These 23 crisis communication tutorials are meant to inform you and help you realize  your official responsibility as a spokesperson. You need to communicate to the media within the first hour of a breaking crisis.  You can do this by uploading your own professionally done videos to the web, which also […]

Tutorial #16 How to Add Simple Yet Effective Movement to Your Web Video

Tutorial #16 By Gerard Braud – If you decide to file a web video as part of your crisis communications or media relations strategy, you can speak directly to the media about your crisis. Not only can the media access it and view it, but so will your audiences such as customers and employees. Now […]

7 Frightening Media Realities for Public Relations

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By Gerard Braud –- As the media changes, your media relations strategy must change with it. We covered these changes and strategies in detail at the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) conference in San Francisco during my Monday morning workshop, #IABC15 The Changing Media Landscape. For those of you who attended the workshop, this […]

4 Media Training Tips from Marco Rubio’s Interview with Chris Wallace

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By Gerard Braud – I’m irritated by how Chris Wallace conducted his interview with Marco Rubio on Fox News Sunday. The media interview is generating a barrage of news stories about where Rubio stands on the issue of whether the U.S. should have invaded Iraq. For the full context of this article, watch this clip […]

5 Crisis Communications Lessons from Dr. Oz

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By Gerard Braud – Dr. Mehmet Oz is in crisis communications mode. He has been making headlines in the media as medical colleagues criticize him for advice he gives and things he says on his syndicated television program. His hometown newspaper, the New Jersey Register, asked for my opinion on how Oz has begun to […]

4 Media Training & Interview Tips Courtesy of Jeb Bush & Megyn Kelly

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By Gerard Braud – Media training is not just about being an expert when it comes to answering a question. Media interview skills also require you to know how to ask questions of the reporter. The fuss about presidential candidate Jeb Bush is a case in point, based on an answer he gave to Fox […]

5 Media Training Lessons About Parsing Your Words So You Are Never Taken Out of Context

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By Gerard Braud – CEOs and other executives – in fact an enormous number of spokespeople I meet in media training classes — all complain that in their past, “The media took me out of context.” As we look at public relations lessons from political campaigns this week, we can examine the failed presidential campaign […]

7 Media Training & Spokesperson Lessons from Rand Paul vs. Savannah Guthrie

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By Gerard Braud – The New York Times called me Friday for a comment about Rand Paul’s hostile interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. When the Times starts calling for observations, that means the political season is in full swing. Reporter Alan Rappeport does a great job covering candidates and the things they say in his […]

4 Media Relations Lessons from Rolling Stone and 5 Public Relations Ways to Deal With Bad Reporters

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By Gerard Braud – The Rolling Stone Magazine retraction of their University of Virginia gang rape story is filled with parallels I often warn of in my media training and crisis communications programs. Here are 4 realities: 1) Reporters love an underdog and generally value the word of the accuser more than the word of […]

Super Bowl Media Interviews: How to Manipulate What a Reporter Writes

How often do you do a media interview with the intended goal of having a specific quote used by the media? It is one of my intended goals for every media spokesperson in every media training class I teach, and here’s why… Every reporter writes their story around your quote. And guess what? You can […]

A PR Epiphany About Your Value As a Public Relations Expert

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Did you find your moment of public relations epiphany following yesterday’s blog and BraudCast video? I’d love for you to write me at gerard@braudcommunications.com and tell me what it is. In addition to yesterday’s epiphany, there are several others I’d like to share with you as we all work together as communications professionals seeking to achieve effective […]

Media Training 29: Conclusion

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com We began this 29 lesson discussion with the admonition, “Don’t talk to the media.” The original admonition was that you speak through the media to your audience and the media’s audience. But as we conclude, let me take this thought a bit further. We’ve poured out for you 29 lessons of […]

Media Training 26: Looks are Important

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Looks are important. With just three lessons left to go, I would be remiss not to cover some important basics, such as how to dress for a news conference. Dress for men has always been easier than dress for women in the world of media. That’s because men’s fashions tend to remain […]

Media Training 23: Selecting the Right Spokesperson

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Picking the right spokesperson really depends upon the situation. Many organizations tend to have two extremes in selecting spokespeople. Some organizations always send out their top PR person while other organizations insist that only the CEO speak. I endorse neither of these approaches as perfect and will suggest that sometimes the […]

Media Training 20: The Secret to Internalizing Key Messages

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com In the early stages of media training, many students are skeptical about the concept of key messages. Accepting key messages and using key messages effectively takes time and practice. As I mentioned in lesson 15, in most media training classes I first conduct a baseline interview, then I introduce the concept […]

Media Training 17: What Makes the Media Say Wow! – Commit News

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com As a reporter, I generally hated going to a news conference or a media event that was about good news. It’s not that I’m opposed to covering good news, it’s just that generally the spokespeople were poorly prepared and the organizers were completely oblivious of the wants, needs and desires of […]

Media Training 14: Reporters like to Speculate

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com  What’s the worst that could happen? How much worse could it get? But what if… ? Oh, those great “what if” questions. Reporters love the what if question. Why? Well, reporters lover a great story and sometimes the story doesn’t materialize the way they hoped it would. Remember all the lessons […]

Media Training 12: Passing the Cynic Test

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By Gerard Braud (sign up for the free audio version of this program at http://blog.braudcommunications.com/?p=397) Reporters are among the biggest cynics in the world. They doubt everything you tell them and you have to prove everything to them. This is especially true if you are trying to promote a good news story. I have found […]

Media Training 11: Why do they interview people with no teeth who live in a trailer (with all due respect to trailer dwellers)

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com Let’s be respectful here and realize that many poor people don’t have either dental insurance or the ability to pay out of pocket for dental care. And let’s realize that while hoping to someday fulfill the dream of home ownership, many people live in an affordable alternative – a mobile home. Let’s […]

Media Training 8: The Facts Don’t Matter

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com One day, as a joke in the newsroom, I uttered the phrase, “don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.” We all laughed. A colleague was pushing for a story to make the evening news, but there were lots of holes in the story and I (who in […]

Media Training 4: They Took Me Out of Context and They Left My Best Stuff on the Cutting Room Floor

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com The 2 single biggest complaints I have heard from executives over the years, after they have done an interview, is that “the reporter took me out of context” or that “the reporter left my best stuff on the cutting room floor.” (If you are young, the cutting room is where film […]

Media Training Breakthrough 2: Ask Yourself the Big IF Question

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By Gerard Braud www.braudcommunications.com The Big IF is what I call my philosophy of media training. I ask every executive that I media train this all important question: If you could attach a dollar to every word that comes out of your mouth, would you make money or lose money? This is true for corporations […]

Disturbing Television News Trend #5: Caught on Video

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By Gerard Braud For three decades I’ve used the sarcastic mixed metaphor, “If a tree falls in the woods and it is not caught on video tape, is it news?” Never has this been more true than in today’s camera phone and social media sharing world. In the world of news, print can tell any […]

Social Media for Crisis Communications: Social Media as the Cause of Your Crisis

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By Gerard Braud As we examine the leadership gap, the generation gap, and shiny new object syndrome, let’s note that in many cases, in the world of crisis communications, social media can be a greater source of bad than good. The fact that a citizen can post a picture of a plane crash before the […]

Rural Electric Cooperative Communications: The Times Are Changing

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Consider this: Just a few years ago rural electric cooperatives were not under pressure to communicate rapidly with the media, members or employees. Today, you have less than one hour to control the flow of accurate information. There are three major reasons why this is changing and four things you can do to adjust to […]

Media Training in New Orleans, Baton Rouge & Louisiana

By Gerard Braud Media training in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and other cities in Louisiana carry a special set of challenges. Usually the training is for spokesmen – as in all men. Seldom is the media training for spokespeople, representing both genders. The spokesmen generally work in the oil and chemical industry. Most are not […]

Managing Expectations: 12 Crisis Communication Action Items for Winter Storms

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By Gerard Braud Crisis Communications, a working Crisis Communication Plan as well as good media training skills will be critical in the next few days as bad weather moves across the United States. Before the weather gets to you, now is the time to begin managing the expectations of your customers and employees. Many of […]

3 Reasons Powerful People Say Dumb Things in Media Interviews

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By Gerard Braud Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has done it. So has Lululemon founder Chip Wilson. So have presidential candidates like Herman Cain and Sarah Palin. Each is guilty of saying dumb things in media interviews. Why do powerful people say dumb things in media interviews? Here are 3 reasons… First, powerful people fail to […]

Lesson 11: Test Your Security Team During Your Crisis Communications Drill

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By Gerard Braud While working with crisis communications clients, I provide a “first critical statement” template.  This template is intended to be read to the media, emailed to employees, and posted to the web in the first hour of a crisis when little is known about the emerging crisis. Some companies that operate facilities that […]

Lesson 1: Why Have a Crisis Communications Drill?

By Gerard Braud  Would you rather screw up in public or screw up in private? That’s really what a crisis communications drill is all about. On a clear sunny day you have the ability to practice for how you will respond and behave on your darkest day. A crisis communications drill is designed to allow […]

Washington Navy Yard Shooting: How the Daily Show Portrayed the Media’s Coverage

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By Gerard Braud Within the office here, I ranted at the media relentlessly about the horrible live coverage of the tragic events unfolding at the Washington Navy Yard. Only my assistant Shannon had to hear my rants. Fortunately, comedian Jon Stewart has the resource and video tape evidence to call out the media for the […]

Tutorial #14: Framing and the Rule of Thirds for Your Web Videos

Tutorial #14 By Gerard Braud, iReporter Evangelist (Editor’s note: In 2013, CNN selected me as one of their top iReporters, out of more than 11,000 reporters. This is part of a series of articles that share how to be a good iReporter and how to make CNN iReports a vital part of your crisis communication […]