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Here’s my free advice of the day: If you are near a microphone, it may be on.  And if you are WEARING a microphone, it

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Last week Mitt Romney and Paris Hilton were each defending private exchanges that were made public by others.  Let’s review. While at a fundraiser earlier

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Around the globe, executives arrive at meetings and conferences armed with glossy slide decks, laundry lists of talking points and FAQs. And all of it

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As the funniest, and most sarcastic person I know, even I have the good sense to understand when to keep my humor at bay. While

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Let me start by saying that this is a non-partisan commentary.  On Monday, Paul Ryan was interviewed by a reporter with ABC12 in Flint, Michigan.

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There IS such a thing as bad press. The New York Road Runners gave us this lesson when they made themselves a lightening rod during

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We are often confronted with this question about questions.  During press interviews, we have watched many executives of varying media savviness look perplexed when confronted with

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Media and presentation trainers around the world will now show the clip of a rather thirsty U.S. Senator Marco Rubio giving the GOP rebuttal to

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We are asked, frequently, about the reported demise of the press release. In some people’s minds, the traditional press release has gone the way of

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What does a Navy SEAL have in common with The Little Mermaid? Well, not much really, but in recent weeks I had the privilege of seeing

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Last week we clicked on a video to watch a senior financial industry executive being interviewed about his area of expertise. He looked great. He

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Last week, during a live interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart” Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon, was asked an open-ended question about issues with the material

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Some may wonder why Bill de Blasio flack Lis Smith’s personal relationship with a certain former Governor and NY Attorney General is an issue for

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Movie director Michael Bay was to deliver a keynote address for Samsung at the Consumer Electronics Show, detailed HERE. When the teleprompter stopped working, he fumbled,

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Recently Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, was forced to reverse an unpopular revision to the firm’s employee benefits plan. In an employee call, detailed HERE, Mr.

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There’s a great read in today’s Wall Street Journal, Inside the Showdown Atop Pimco. This story has all the elements of what reporters want—and everything executives and their

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Last week I heard a familiar statement: “Our message is so simple, I don’t know why people can’t understand it.” But I could see why.

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This week we saw BMW’s new CEO Harald Krüger, collapse on stage. This is something many speakers and presenters fear but will rationalize that it will

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An early indicator of when a leader may soon be leaving their organization is often their very own statement that they are not stepping down.

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If nothing else, Sarah Palin gives us many teachable moments. Let’s focus on her most recent interview which generously provides us with two lessons learned.

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Public relations pros around the world consistently dread the reaction from their clients if they are left out of an important story. If you are

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Whether you are a seasoned executive or spokesperson, or it’s your first time speaking with the press, common mistakes are often made before you even

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The day has come and you have decided to speak or meet with a journalist. You prepared, learned about the reporter and are ready to

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Recently, I have written about common mistakes that people make before and during media interviews. Unfortunately, once the interview is over, you may still undermine

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I asked, and they answered. My unscientific poll included senior writers and editors at well-known news organizations including newswires, top financial magazines and national newspapers.

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Recent headlines have ignited a fight that has pitted those who support working with the media against those who see advantage to working against the

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The answer is: Never. Really. Lying to the press is essentially an open invitation to become an even bigger target for both journalists and the

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Recent Trump interviews have brought this topic back into the headlines. A Google search on “abruptly ended interview” yielded over a half-million results so it

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4 Reasons Why Those Who Aren’t on LinkedIn Should Be The Investment and Wealth Advisor Edition Obviously, if you are reading this on LinkedIn, you

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Last week, The New York Times drew “a clear line” against the practice of allowing sources to approve quotes after an interview takes place and

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