Media Training

How to Handle Demanding Clients

July 20th, 2015 by

We all have them: Clients who demand the very best at any cost, with little thought to the burden they place on individuals, not to mention an agency’s collective sanity. Add in soaring expectations, tight timeframes and even tighter budgets, and you can throw any semblance of work-life balance out the window, right?

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3 Things an Expert Media Trainer Needs to Do

July 15th, 2015 by

Providing media training to senior managers and C-level executives who think they don’t need it is something of an occupational hazard for professional communicators.

How to Turn Bad News About Your Brand or Organization Into a Win

July 13th, 2015 by

What is the best way to react to negative news? Since many stories fade quickly, is a reaction always warranted? By responding, you run the risk of keeping the story alive and encouraging additional coverage. Still, there are times when a response is necessary to curtail a serious hit to your reputation and/or sales.

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4 Tips for Conquering Public Speaking Fears

June 22nd, 2015 by

The most beautifully written speech in the world won’t do you any good if you suffer from stage fright and fail to make the speech memorable—and that won’t do you any favors with senior managers.

Bad News Lingers: Takeaways From FIFA

June 15th, 2015 by

When an organization’s response (or lack thereof) only helps to prolong a crisis.

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6 Tips for Shooting Great Corporate Video Interviews

June 1st, 2015 by

For brands and organizations that are just beginning to develop their online video programming, a good deal of the content will initially focus on creating mini documentaries and conducting interviews with C-level executives and other senior managers.

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4 Media Engagement Tactics That Work for the UN Foundation’s PR Team

May 18th, 2015 by

The UN Foundation’s partnership program for media engagement offers tips that can serve as a model for nonprofit groups looking to share their story with a wider audience.

What Pro Sports Say About PR

May 11th, 2015 by

An axiom in pro sports is that there is no such thing as an off season. Athletes keep themselves in shape year round and sports execs constantly seek ways to improve their team’s competitive edge. Ditto for PR.

PR Lessons From the Presidential Campaigns

April 27th, 2015 by

Partisanship and policy aside, the campaign trail offers key PR lessons. Whether it’s a presidential hopeful hitting the campaign trail or a new CEO meeting with stakeholders, making a strong first impression is crucial. And perception may trump reality.

The Press Release Lives. Are Yours Effective?

April 27th, 2015 by

While the demise of the press release is greatly exaggerated, ongoing criticism of it remains. Many press releases, regardless of the sector, continue to suffer from flowery language, jargon and buried leads (when the real news is stuck in the penultimate paragraph), among other shortcomings.