4 common media interview myths

Here’s how you can overcome these oft-heard misconceptions and put yourself on a path to shine on camera and at the microphone.

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Although news anchors and hosts can make broadcast appearances appear easy to do, there are several myths when it comes to media interviews.

Let’s dispel a few of them:

1. An interview is the same as giving a speech.

It’s often said that giving an interview is comparable to giving a speech in front of a large crowd. This can be true in some ways. For example, you might be nervous beforehand. Also, the more you prepare, the better you’ll do.

In many ways they’re different. When you give a speech, you have full control of what you’ll say. In a media interview, the reporter controls the questions. You must think on your feet and answer them on the spot. Also, during a speech you have the luxury of not focusing on any individual. In a TV interview, a camera is in your face and you must maintain eye contact with the interviewer.

2. The reporter will share questions in advance, and you can review the interview before it airs.

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