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Dealing With Reporters in Your Small Business
It behooves you to know and remember the names of reporters. Reporters know everybody. They talk to and interview people constantly. Because of their job, they usually size people up in a matter of minutes, sometimes without even meeting them face-to-face. If first impressions ever count, this is one first impression you don't want to mess up. Be sincere, polite and try not to use slang.
A good reporter uses perfect grammatically structured sentences and flawless spelling when writing articles. Usually these skills transfer to many other facets of their persona therefore you should not be intimidated by an articulate and well-spoken reporter. It makes sense that they of all people might possess a perfect command of the English language. It goes with the territory. They are used to the fact that most people cannot keep up with their vocabulary. So don't try to impress them with your speech. Any attempt to fake them out with words is sure to fail. Be yourself. It doesn't mean they are smarter than you. On the contrary, if they were smarter they would be a freelance writer instead of a periodic journalist or perhaps own their own business like you. It pays better and you don't have someone else editing your stories or asking you to rewrite something to change the slant or angle.
Most journalists are like artist. They are creative. Creative people don't like to be put into structures, systems and absolutes. But periodic newspaper writers are forced into this through deadlines and space requirements. Many reporters like the type of work they do, writing, but they absolutely hate the structure. It's stressful, hard work and not that much fun. A few reporters love the challenge of deadlines. These are the ones to watch out for. With these reporters, you should have your answers to questions pre-thought out. They will surely take most of what you say out of context. They are in a hurry. They are only concerned with finishing the story on time and then writing another. They will interview a few people instead of many to get to the bottom of the issue. They will use your name and insert a quote from you where it fits and when they need it. And then conveniently change, modify and delete parts of what you said or what they wanted to hear to fit nicely into a complete story. If, for some reason, they disagree with what you said or they just don't like you, it's all over. So this brings us back to our original thought. Be friendly to reporters. Be honest, truthful and sincere. Help them keep it short and sweet and help them save their valuable time.
When you see these reporters around town or at community events, be sure to acknowledge their presence. Even if you don't have time to talk, a simple nod or good evening 'Joe' and a firm handshake will do.
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Something New For Managers?
A new public relations blueprint could be a good idea if you're a business, non-profit or association manager who's not getting the important external audience behaviors you need to achieve your department, division or subsidiary objectives.You know, behaviors like more people interested in your services or products, or more capital contributions coming in the door, or more corporate membership applications hitting your desk.
GETTING YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS
You have a story to tell. Your company has developed a revolutionary new product, or an improved version of one that is known and respected in the marketplace.
Preparing For Your Media Interview
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Andrew Bogut - His Big Media Blunder And What You Can Learn From It
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What Many PR Users Ignore
Simply that the behaviors of their most important outside audiences rank pretty low on their list of things to worry about. And this despite the reality that, properly cared for, those behaviors can affect whether or not those managers achieve their managerial objectives.
Killer Press Kits - Press Kits That Demand Attention
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Using the Media - Five Reasons Why
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How Public Relations Changes Minds
Public relations changes minds in the process of delivering what business, non-profit and association managers need more than almost anything else - the kind of key stakeholder behavior change that leads directly to achieving their managerial objectives.It happens when the right kind of public relations alters individual perception, thus doing something positive about the behaviors of those outside folks that MOST affect a manager's organization.
Publicity: Write a Letter to the Editor for Free Publicity
Ever wonder why papers devote a page or more to letters to the editor? Because subscribers love to read them!Letters to the editor are among a paper's most popular features, so getting your name underneath a letter can be even more valuable that being quoted in a news article.Letters to the editor can't just be about anything-they have to be related to the news.
How to Work with Newspaper Photographers
The next time a newspaper photographer takes your photo, remember the 8 things they hate:1. Bossy people who demand that other people be included in the photo, so there won't be hurt feelings.
10 Ways to Get the Media to Love You
So you've put yourself "out there" with a public relations campaign. Your dealings with the media now become critical.
Attention PR Shoppers!
As a business, non-profit or association manager, what do you want?Publicity that delivers newspaper and talk show mentions, or behavior change among your key outside audiences that leads directly to achieving your managerial objectives?Special events that attract a lot of people, or public relations that persuades your most important outside audiences to your way of thinking, then moves them to take actions that help your department, division or subsidiary succeed?Zippy brochures and videos, or a way for you to do something positive about the behaviors of those external audiences of yours that MOST affect your organization?What I believe you need to know about PR are two realities:1) The right PR really CAN alter individual perception and lead to changed behaviors that help you succeed, and2), your public relations effort must involve more than special events, brochures and news releases if you really want to get your money's worth,The underlying truth about PR goes this way: people act on their own perception of the facts before them, which leads to predictable behaviors about which something can be done. When we create, change or reinforce that opinion by reaching, persuading and moving-to-desired-action the very people whose behaviors affect the organization the most, the public relations mission is accomplished.
Pot Roast and Public Relations (or, How Your Web Site Can Be Your Best P.R. Tool)
Recently I had a craving for pot roast. I racked my brain to think of a restaurant that offered a great pot roast (as you can see, I'm not a whiz in the kitchen).
Effective Media Relations Tips- What To Do After The Media Interviews You!
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Dont Waste Money on Public Relations
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Getting to Know Your Local City Council Members
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Your Online Newsroom: How to Give Reporters a Tip
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