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How to Improve Your Media Interview Skills

Watch more Advertising & Marketing 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use these ideas to improve your media interview skills. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Dress appropriately Dress appropriately. A shirt or cap with your company's logo may be suitable for less formal press interviews, but others may require business attire. If you're in doubt, err on the side of dressing professionally. Step 2: Assume nothing Do not assume any of your remarks will be taken "off the record." Assume everything you say is subject to being quoted. Step 3: Have an agenda Prepare. Try to distill your message into no more than 3 main points, and have those points clearly in mind when speaking to reporters. Tip Have statistics available to back up your points. Be familiar enough with relevant facts and figures to discuss them. Step 4: Remain calm Remain calm during the interview. If someone asks you a question that upsets you or that you didn't see coming, take a deep breath and pause before answering. Step 5: Don't get flustered Don't allow yourself to get frustrated by a barrage of rapid-fire questions. Stay calm, finish your answer to the question you are addressing, and then select one of the other questions to answer. Step 6: Provide a summary Provide reporters at the interview with a one-page summary of the points you want to make. This will prevent your being misquoted. Now go home and wait for the interview to appear on the 6 o'clock news. Did You Know? In 1977, Sir David Frost interviewed former president Richard Nixon after he was impeached. More than 45 million Americans watched the interview.
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