Category Media training

Ten Reasons to Call the Communications Strategy Doctor

You feel sick. You need to decide: When do you call the doctor for help? When a health crisis strikes, we all play it on the safe side and make that call. You face the same type of decision when your organization encounters a communications crisis. If you wait until events reach a fever pitch, […]

Media Training: Taking the Good with the Bad

Occasionally people ask me about favorite moments and famous faux pas that have occurred during media training workshops I’ve led. Here are some classics from the Barks Communications vault. Now, ladies and gentlemen, the highlights and lowlights. It’s Good News Week A global public relations agency found its communications training capability stretched to the breaking […]

Tricks of the Reporter’s Trade

Reporters are grateful when you prove helpful. They have stories to write, bylines they want to see in print, and editors and news directors to please. But it is naïve to suggest there is not another side to this coin. They thrive on conflict. After all, that is what sells newspapers, generates online clicks, and garners TV […]

Make This Crisis Disappear

Some executives labor under the impression that communications experts can make a crisis go away. Would that it were true. While it’s nice to feel such confidence in our abilities, neither I nor any of my colleagues have a magic wand capable of such illusion. Oh, we may be able to help minimize its impact, […]

An Ethical Approach to Media Training

Let’s talk ethics. Okay, it may not be the most enthralling topic. But it matters as a media source, as a buyer of communications training services, and to your consultant. One of the most egregious ethical lapses takes place among those who try to do communications consulting while also claiming journalistic credentials. I cannot shout […]

Is Your Message Missing Its Call to Action?

I’ve reviewed and sharpened plenty of organizational messages over the years. There are two critical elements I often find missing. One is context. More on that another time. Today we’re here to talk about the all-too-frequently missing call to action. A recent paper in the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled “Stop Raising Awareness Already” supports […]

Why Your PR Agency Needs a Media Training Consultant on Call

I understand the rigors of the day-to-day agency whirlwind—demanding clients, unforgiving deadlines, and the constant pursuit of new revenues. There is a way to make life easier for agency principals and account teams when it comes to media training. Forging a relationship with an experienced communications training consultant puts you ahead of the pack. Think […]