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National at risk of losing valuable media publicity to ACT

16 April 2021
Political parties rely on media attention to keep themselves and their policies relevant and in front of potential voters. Since MMP was introduced, major parties of opposition can no longer assume that this position entitles them to a particular amount of media publicity. There is a precedent to back this up. Remember when David Shearer was Labour Leader? While he may have been a good leader behind the scenes, his media skills were not the best. That’s why Green Party co-leader...

Why David Seymour is my media communicator of the year

22 December 2020
While many would consider Jacinda Ardern the best media communicator this year, I give the award to David Seymour for one very important reason. He is an expert at getting a point across in 10 seconds and uses colourful language to do it. Let me explain When broadcasting media put stories together for news bulletins, they want short direct verbatim quotes from the spokespeople they interview that last about 10 seconds. In media language, these are called sound bites. This means...

Collins beats Ardern but room for improvement

23 September 2020
It was a clear win to Judith Collins in the first electoral debate last night, but she will need to improve for the next one as Ardern is likely to come back far stronger. Why Collins won A big reason for the win was the use of language. Ardern used too much jargon. For example, she used of the term “double duty” a number of times. This was confusing, particularly since she pronounces the letter “T” like a “D”, meaning it...

Covid Media Advice - Your big chance for media publicity

18 April 2020
If you’re an expert in some field or a local business, this is your chance to launch yourself into the news media. This is priceless when it comes to reputation-building because positive media coverage is seen as something only the leaders of any industry are worthy of and it stands you apart from the competition. Firstly, if you are an expert, there are national magazine and online editors everywhere looking for interesting articles that will interest their readers. As we slowly...

Covid Media Advice - Important media interview advice for Zoom conferences

14 April 2020
Many skills that are vital for media interviews are just as important for Zoom conferences. The first of these is around body language. In the first blog in this Covid series, I focused on setting up your computer and background for maximum benefit for TV interviews and other platforms like Zoom. That’s important, but if your body language isn’t right, it won’t make any difference. Hands There’s some myth that says you shouldn’t move your hands when talking on camera. This...

Covid Media Advice - Spokespeople aren't controlling interviews

9 April 2020
The vast majority of people spoken to by media regarding the Covid-19 crisis are treating their interview as Q&As. In other words, a reporter or presenter asks a question and they answer it. That may seem obvious, but its not the best approach. How should you do it You should certainly answer their questions but then transfer to a point you want to get across. You should have about three of these ready to focus on. They also need to be...

Is the Coronavirus a media beat-up?

30 January 2020
This is a question I hear from lots of people and the answer is purely about how different media formats work. Let me explain. If you talk to a print reporter, only parts of what you say will ever make it into the subsequent news story. That’s because news stories are relatively short. What this means is that the reporter will only use the most exciting parts of what you say. Lots of people who don’t understand the media interview process...

Prince Andrew and Media Training 101

22 November 2019
If Prince Andrew prepared for his recent interview with media advisors, he needs to sack them immediately because there were so many things he did wrong. These are common among media spokespeople and have a huge impact when the stakes are so high. Mistake One: Don’t lean back in the chair and cross your legs. It automatically puts you in a defensive position. If you sit up straight with your head closer to the camera than your stomach, you look proactive...

My Capital Gains Tax Media Advice

19 February 2019
With the Tax Working Group’s recommendations coming out on Thursday, its vital that players on both sides of the CGT debate know how to get their points across. Whenever a debate like this dominates the news cycle, the winner is always the side that focuses on a few key points and uses the most basic language possible. That’s why political parties always have a few key areas of focus in Election campaigns. It doesn’t mean you totally ignore other points, but...

Government does a 'Tiger Woods' with Sroubek

14 December 2018
The PR handling of the Sroubek issue by the Government has been woeful and reminds me of how Tiger Woods dealt with all the allegations around his infidelity. The term, ‘death by a thousand cuts’ comes to mind, and there’s no indication that publicity about this will end any time soon. It’s pretty obvious that Immigration Iain Lees-Galloway made some fundamental errors when he initially allowed Sroubek to stay. He didn’t read the entire document about it from his officials, while...
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