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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.

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.

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.

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.

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: What communicators can learn from Donald Trump's election victory

Media Savvy: What communicators can learn from Donald Trump's election victory

Blog posts   •   Nov 09, 2016 20:55 +08

By winning the US presidency, Donald Trump has clearly recorded a measure of success through the way he communicated with voters. Senior business leaders ignore this at their peril (just ask Hillary Clinton). We draw lessons from Trump's surprising election victory.

What is your crisis management mantra?

What is your crisis management mantra?

Blog posts   •   May 09, 2016 12:37 +08

Senior leaders correctly point out that "preparation" is key. Sounds obvious, right? So, why does it need to be repeated?

How to choose the right media mentor

How to choose the right media mentor

Blog posts   •   Feb 04, 2016 00:54 +08

So, you or your CEO is getting set for a media interview and you are anxious it will go well. Or you are starting your own in-house video series and you need to prepare your CEO for it. But how do you go about finding the right media or presentation skills coach?

What brands can learn from British politicians

What brands can learn from British politicians

Blog posts   •   May 11, 2015 13:50 +08