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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.

BBC's wrong Kapoor footage: why this happens all the time

BBC's wrong Kapoor footage: why this happens all the time

Blog posts   •   Dec 06, 2017 17:20 +08

The BBC has apologised for showing footage in a news story about the death Shashi Kapoor, but showing different actors. This sort of slip-up in the vision library is all too common, and not just at the BBC.

Why you need to share content ...even if it's not written by you

Why you need to share content ...even if it's not written by you

Blog posts   •   Mar 23, 2017 08:42 +08

Sharing content is an imperative for marketers today.

How to avoid your event going awry like the Oscars and Miss Universe

How to avoid your event going awry like the Oscars and Miss Universe

Blog posts   •   Feb 27, 2017 08:40 +08

Embarrassing mistakes by professional emcees are seemingly getting more common. Here is some colour on how to avoid something like this happening at your event.

What will you say when you're asked about Donald Trump?

What will you say when you're asked about Donald Trump?

Blog posts   •   Feb 06, 2017 08:48 +08

If you are a senior business or political leader in Asia, there is a great chance you will be asked for your opinion on Donald Trump, Brexit, and other global topics - whether you like it or not.

Media Savvy: Do "alternative facts" really exist?

Media Savvy: Do "alternative facts" really exist?

Blog posts   •   Jan 26, 2017 08:52 +08

First it was "post fact", then "fake news", now we are confronted with "alternative facts". Do they really exist?

Quick reaction to Obama's farewell speech: Post-fact and fake news a "threat to democracy"

Quick reaction to Obama's farewell speech: Post-fact and fake news a "threat to democracy"

Blog posts   •   Jan 11, 2017 17:07 +08

Outgoing US President Barack Obama saw the need to remind Americans of the basic tenets of civilized debate, in a farewell speech that also had a message for media consumers, and spokespeople, everywhere.