Accepting Submissions: What I’ve Learned As Spokesperson

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on February 22, 2012 – 6:12 am

I’m pleased to announce a new feature that will allow readers to learn from one another. Plus, it will give you an opportunity to gain some free publicity!

What have you learned about being a media spokesperson? Have you:

  1. Learned a vital lesson as a result of making a big mistake while speaking to a reporter?
  2. Remembered a piece of advice from a mentor that has served you well throughout your media interviews?
  3. Come to any conclusions about being a media spokesperson as a result of years of trial and error?

Whether you’re a new spokesperson who’s still learning the ropes or a veteran who’s teaching others, I’d love to hear what you’ve learned in your role as a media spokesperson.

Over the next few months, I’ll publish many of your responses as standalone articles on the blog.

Here are the submission details:

  1. Please write an article that runs between 300-500 words. You can write about any of the topics suggested above, or anything else that fits beneath the headline, “What I’ve Learned as a Media Spokesperson.”
  2. Please focus on one or two specific things you’ve learned in your role as a media spokesperson. Specific anecdotes are encouraged, but not required.
  3. Provide your name, title, organization, how long you’ve worked as a communicator, a link to your website or blog, and a head shot.
  4. Email your articles to (please do not leave it in the comments section).
  5. Your article must be exclusive to the Mr. Media Training Blog.
  6. There is no submission deadline, but the first submissions received will be among the first published.

This is the first time I’m opening up the blog to submissions from readers, and I’m very much looking forward to reading your work, learning from you, and sharing your work with others! And please share this link with others who might want to submit a post.

As always, thank you very much for reading. Now, get writing!

Here’s a terrific sample of a guest post, from PR pro John Fitzpatrick.

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