Chris Luxon's Media Interview Skills

Posted December 1, 2021

My view is that your best media communicator should be your party leader because the media is the only place where 95 percent of voters will ever see you. I think National have found the right person. It comes down to two things. How well do they come across, and how effective are they at sticking to a clear message?

Chris Luxon has shown that he comes across well. He looks genuine, in control and has the ability to show empathy where needed (and that’s vital). If you’re not able to show genuine empathy, you will never be popular. Jacinda obviously has this, as did John Key.

The ability for a leader to stick to a clear message during media appearances is the other vital skill (and that doesn’t mean avoiding questions). This has been lacking in National lately, and it’s a big reason why many people were unclear what the party stood for at the last Election and since.

Although it has been difficult for Luxon to do this over the past 24 because the interviews have focused on everything from his religion to housing policy, he is usually effective in this. In fact he’s so effective that I use one of his recent interviews in my media training sessions to show clients how it’s done.

It’s early days and obviously other things like policy formation are also important. But having a leader who comes across as likeable and able to communicate a clear message rather than treating every media appearance as a Q&A, is even more important. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t bring National back into contention for Government in 2023.

Check out my free 38 minute Online Masterclass, "Mastering Media Interviews In Any Situation," here.

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