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Emergency Media Training: How to Face a Reporter

Learn how to build and improve your emergency interview skills in this free online course.

Publisher: TJ Walker
Do you feel tensed up and scared when faced with an emergency interview? By studying this course, you will be shown what to do in times of crisis. You will learn how to face a reporter in an interview. Also, how to use a teleprompter and recording yourself to identify and eliminate your flaws. This course will teach you how to appear comfortable and relax to convey your intended message that a reporter would like to publish.
Emergency Media Training: How to Face a Reporter
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Do you know that the scariest thing for most people in a media interview is a camera? You will be taught the best practices to stay confident and use a teleprompter to read your messages during an interview in front of a camera. On top of this, you will be shown how to give a speech using a teleprompter without letting the audience notice it. One must consider four key elements while using a teleprompter. These elements include extremely consistent 'speed' and 'volume', 'not pausing' and 'not moving your head'. Learners will be taught how to identify these elements and fix the related issues to sound more natural and conversational in their interviews. Learners will be taught how to watch the video of their favourite senior politician or a newsreader to learn from them and improve their interview skills. One must not forget that a teleprompter is not a magic wand that one can use in every interview to make it a great success. Learners will acquire knowledge of when and how to employ a teleprompter and for what purpose.

Your ultimate goal in any interview is to convey your message and appear confident and natural. You will be shown how to create your message points from scratch and come up with the final messages of interest to you, the reporter and your audience. A soundbite is a short expression of your message point which is quick to understand and easy to remember. Three key soundbites, which are emotions, absolutes and rhetorical questions, will be explored. We also cover methods to create different soundbites. You will gain knowledge to create a cheat sheet by writing down your key message points and how to use the sheet during or before an interview. The course will show you the barest minimum possible questions to come up with that a reporter can ask to be on the safe side before going for an interview.

Body language is an excellent indicator of our emotional condition. It's especially intriguing to others when what we're saying contradicts our expressions and gestures. Learners will gain knowledge to convey their messages confidently with proper body language and gestures to appear natural, comfortable and relaxed. Working with the media is essential for effective communication. Having a strategy to respond to questions is key to a successful media interview. This course is designed for both novices and professionals to build and improve their media interview skills. To fully benefit from this course, you need a camera and any device to "prompt" you with a visual text of a speech or script during an interview rehearsal. No matter how well you perform in your field, an unsatisfactory interview will negatively affect your career and organization. So, what are you waiting for? Join this course to start building and enhancing your media interview skills.

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