5 Reasons To Pause During Your Media Interviews

Composer Truman Fisher once observed that, “The pause is as important as the note.” His wisdom applies not just to music, but to media interviews, too.

Pauses offer tremendous benefits for speaker and audience alike. But only a handful of the thousands of speakers whose interviews I’ve reviewed have taken full advantage of them.

In this post, you’ll find five great reasons to pause—including a few you may never have considered before.

Interview with microphone

10 Media Ground Rules For Working With Reporters

One media training client told me that he refuses to speak with reporters unless they allow him to approve the story before it runs.

Another told me that her boss surreptitiously records media interviews in case the reporter “screws” him.

Such stories are more common than you might think. And while there’s a place for insisting upon certain interviewing ground rules, it’s also important to make sure your requests are truly in your best interest—and that they don’t violate newsroom protocols. In this post, you’ll learn 10 of the most important ground rules for working with reporters.


The 21 Most Essential Media Training Links

Note: This post was updated in January 2016. 

I’ve written hundreds of posts since beginning this blog. Many of the posts containing the most critical tips for media spokespersons have gotten buried, so I wanted to post them all in one easy-to-find place.

So, with no further introduction, here are the 21 links I consider to

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