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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.

What would John F. Kennedy say about tolerance and communication in 2016?

What would John F. Kennedy say about tolerance and communication in 2016?

Blog posts   •   Nov 24, 2016 13:44 +08

We live in a less tolerant world. What would the former US President have to say about it?