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?