According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than delivering the eulogy.~ Jerry Seinfeld
Discomfort caused by public speaking can impact even the most seasoned executives. More than just giving a speech, we find ourselves in a variety of situations that call for excellent public speaking skills every day. The tools and strategies taught during media training sessions can be applied to interviews, roundtable discussions, new business presentations, investor meetings or even while addressing a group of employees or clients.
That’s why one of the most important, and most overlooked, services offered by the BIG YAM Communications Team is professional media training. And trust me, everyone can benefit from media training. I’ll say it again – in case you decided to gloss over this blog because clearly, you are already a super polished speaker – EVERYONE can benefit from a media training session.
While each training session is specifically tailored to the client, there are some overarching topics we cover across the board.
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Whether it’s understanding the focus of a media interview or getting familiar with a presentation room, we’ll give you a checklist to ensure you have all of your bases covered. Of course, if you are a BIG YAM PR client, we’ll handle a lot of these details on your behalf so you can focus on telling your story.
There is no time this preparation is more important than during a crisis comms situation. Having a plan in place and working with your public relations team on the presentation of solid key messages can make a world of difference during difficult situations. While crisis communications is a separate agency offering, it is often addressed, and practiced, during media training sessions.
Speaking of practice…
After we’ve imparted our wisdom during your media training session we put you to the test. We videotape a mock interview where we ask the type of questions you’ll face in the situations you are likely to encounter. From there, we’ll review the performance, critique together and work on improvements. The same process happens with clients working on a keynote presentation or those looking to improve basic communication skills.
The single most important thing we cover during media training is to master the art of “bridging.” Not sure what that is or how you can apply the technique? Guess you’ll have to schedule a session to find out. Contact us today!