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How to win at interviews, even if English isn't your first language

How to win at interviews, even if English isn't your first language

Blog posts   •   Mar 12, 2018 08:21 +08

APAC Realty's Jack Chua didn't let anything get in his way to demonstrate his expertise.

It's time to end the charade of pre-supplied questions

It's time to end the charade of pre-supplied questions

Blog posts   •   Mar 08, 2018 09:43 +08

Spokespeople should throw away the crutches of pre-submitted questions, and everyone will benefit.

Candice Ong: the whys and hows of strong new media interviews

Candice Ong: the whys and hows of strong new media interviews

Blog posts   •   Mar 05, 2018 16:45 +08

Candice Ong communicates her points credibly, substantively and clearly, making her a worthy shortlisted candidate for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018.

Elim Chew displays a high Sensitivity Quotient in her TEDxNTU presentation

Elim Chew displays a high Sensitivity Quotient in her TEDxNTU presentation

Blog posts   •   Mar 05, 2018 16:44 +08

Elim Chew's TEDx talk on Sensitivity Quotient (SQ) was not just well-delivered, and a worthy shortlisted candidate for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018. The SQ concept itself underscores the need for strive for better communication.

Personal questions of business leaders in TV interviews: If you can't stand the heat, learn to cook

Personal questions of business leaders in TV interviews: If you can't stand the heat, learn to cook

Blog posts   •   Feb 28, 2018 08:54 +08

There were two controversies surrounding public figures being asked personal questions on camera this week, which provide hugely valuable lessons for senior business leaders. It is a natural consequence that audiences want to know more about the person behind the headlines. Handled right, this can add to your personal brand.

Henry Chu: BreadTalk CEO on a roll in CNBC interview

Henry Chu: BreadTalk CEO on a roll in CNBC interview

Blog posts   •   Feb 26, 2018 08:15 +08

BreadTalk Group CEO Henry Chu serves up strong responses to difficult questions on live TV

Kurt Wee: you don't need to be big to be media savvy

Kurt Wee: you don't need to be big to be media savvy

Blog posts   •   Feb 26, 2018 08:15 +08

Small & Medium Enterprises are by definition small, but ASME President Kurt Wee demonstrates in a TV interview that that shouldn't stop you from appearing competently in media interviews. As a role model for the 214,000 SMEs in Singapore, his post-budget interview is a very worthwhile shortlisted candidate for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018.

Budget 2018: Iswaran balances selling it, and explaining it

Budget 2018: Iswaran balances selling it, and explaining it

Blog posts   •   Feb 20, 2018 18:35 +08

Singapore Trade & Industry Minister S Iswaran strikes a balance between responding credibly to difficult questions and selling the just-announced Budget 2018.

Can we ever defeat fake news?

Can we ever defeat fake news?

Blog posts   •   Feb 14, 2018 09:12 +08

The short answer is, no. At the end of this column is an experiment that will help you see why.

Star Alliance CEO: Local business leader is a star media performer

Star Alliance CEO: Local business leader is a star media performer

Blog posts   •   Feb 12, 2018 09:12 +08

The Singapore Airshow, which ended yesterday, brought the who's who of the aviation industry to town – among them this week's shortlisted candidate for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018.

Are you a demanding boss, Lee Lik Hsin?

Are you a demanding boss, Lee Lik Hsin?

Blog posts   •   Feb 06, 2018 09:12 +08

He probably is, but when your boss exudes authenticity and empathy on camera like he does, it's difficult to be angry. A worthy candidate for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018.

Desmond Kuek: Will you resign?

Desmond Kuek: Will you resign?

Blog posts   •   Feb 05, 2018 09:39 +08

This is among the toughest questions a corporate chief can be asked. But SMRT Chief Executive Officer Desmond Kuek did very well in responding to it, and so I am nominating him for the inaugural Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2018.

How to maximise your public listing for brand building

How to maximise your public listing for brand building

Blog posts   •   Jan 30, 2018 21:49 +08

Answering this question is becoming increasingly urgent.

How to earn media coverage for your sustainability report

How to earn media coverage for your sustainability report

Blog posts   •   Jan 30, 2018 21:46 +08

It's offical: all locally-listed companies must now produce an annual sustainability report. This initiative by the Singapore Exchange was announced some years ago, in an effort to attract more international investors to Singapore companies. From January 1, all SGX-listed companies must file such a report within five months of the end of their financial year.

Are Asian Business Leaders really less confident public speakers?

Are Asian Business Leaders really less confident public speakers?

Blog posts   •   Jan 30, 2018 21:45 +08

I hear this time and time again during our media and presentation skills workshops: "we are Asian, and therefore we don't present well."

After being media trained, how do you know if you are actually ready to face the media?

After being media trained, how do you know if you are actually ready to face the media?

Blog posts   •   Jan 22, 2018 09:27 +08

The answer to this question should be obvious, but if you find yourself saying no, maybe you should explore new options.

I got caught. And you will, too.

I got caught. And you will, too.

Blog posts   •   Jan 15, 2018 09:10 +08

During our media training workshops I always highlight the need to be vigilant about cameras recording your every move when you don't expect it. Now the joke is on me.

One strike, you're out

One strike, you're out

Blog posts   •   Jan 12, 2018 14:00 +08

There were two separate yet similar news stories in the past 24 hours which are important for communications directors, and anyone with a public profile, to note.

2018 preview: more losses in media jobs to have big impact on corporate spokespeople

2018 preview: more losses in media jobs to have big impact on corporate spokespeople

Blog posts   •   Dec 15, 2017 09:04 +08

You wouldn't think the departure of a total of 400 staff at Singapore Press Holdings by the end of this year is of any relevance when you take part in a media interview. But the shrinking number of journalists actually has a much greater impact than you might think.

How to deliver a written speech without sending your audience to sleep

How to deliver a written speech without sending your audience to sleep

Blog posts   •   Dec 08, 2017 12:44 +08

Audiences tune out when speakers read speeches at conferences. But when you can't avoid reading from a script, there are some things you can (must) do to prevent them falling asleep.