Infographic: Ace media interviews with this handy checklist

Do you know what you should be doing before, during and after a media interview to ensure you get the best press possible? Use this list as your guide.

Media interviews can be nerve-wracking.

If you say something incorrect or inflammatory, the public will pounce on your words.

On the other hand, if you give a great interview, you can get a significant positive press for your organization.

An infographic from Udemy and Elena Verlee provides a checklist of what you should do before, during and after an interview to ensure you perform your best. Here are some of the items on the list:

Before the interview:

  • Clarify the topic.
  • Research your organization’s and competitors’ recent news.
  • Be familiar with the latest industry trends.
  • Prepare for tough questions.

During the interview:

  • Eliminate potential distractions; turn off your phone and empty your pockets.
  • Be OK with silence. You don’t want to say something you’ll regret.
  • Don’t talk for more than a minute without taking a break.

After the interview:

  • Send a thank-you note to the reporter for interviewing you, and clarify any points that may have been confusing. Also include important information you forgot to mention in the interview.
  • Get a copy of the interview for your records and to share on social media.

Check out the infographic below for more.

What are your tips for acing a media interview?

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Topics: PR

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