Stage fright: What to do if you can't think quick on your feet
The ability to respond quickly to questions from conference moderators, delegates, and journalists is certainly an asset. But most people are either flummoxed by a difficult question, or they shoot from the hip. Whatever your starting point, you can deal with the situation, as Mark explains in this post.
How to interview a comedian, how to be interviewed as a comedian
John Cleese's walk-out of his interview with Karishma Vaswani on BBC World News makes for an interesting case study in what happens when an interview goes off the rails – with some unsolicited ideas for how to avoid it.
Awfully Chocolate's Lyn Lee, SAP's Eileen Chua and Scentses' Sadira Yeong among winners of Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021
The founder of Awfully Chocolate wins our award for best online interview in Singapore, while the CEO of perfume subscription service Scentses And Co wins the award in Malaysia. Female founders clinched the top prizes in our awards, and female winners outnumber the male winners for the first time since our awards started in 2018.
Keith Tan does well to promote wellness
Keith Tan, the CEO of Singapore Tourism Board, read off a script for his presentation but made sure to keep eye contact with his audience while keeping his delivery natural. This amounts to a performance that even the Exit sign behind him could not derail. This is why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Ninja Van’s CEO delivers masterful interview
Lai Chang Wen strikes an amiable figure who gives a good conversation during an interview, which is why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Lyn Lee tells awfully good stories
Awfully Chocolate's co-founder Lyn Lee is a natural storyteller who does a good job of sharing stories and examples from her experience in running Awfully Chocolate for the past 23 years, which is why we have nominated her for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Lee Chee Koon lands messages authentically in walking interview
Walking interviews might look authentic, but require a lot more choreography than a sit-down Q&A to get them right - which makes it even more difficult to look authentic! CapitaLand CEO Lee Chee Koon gets it right, which is why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Anthony Tan grabs attention of global investors with media savvy CNBC appearance
Grab co-founder Anthony Tan has gone global with his hugely successful super app. But when you list your US$40 billion company on the world's largest stock exchange, you also need to be able to speak to a global audience. Tan has consistently demonstrated that ability, which is why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards now accepting nominations of Singaporean and Malaysian business leaders who are great orators and media performers
Nominations are now open for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards, which recognise Singaporean and Malaysian business leaders for excellent traditional- and new media skills.
Helen Wong does well with numbers, and pulls out a surprise at the end
OCBC’s Helen Wong came to her interview prepared with numbers, but that is not the highlight as she pulls off a great bridge at the end of the interview, which is why we have nominated her for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2021.
Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards reveals judges from three professional communications organisations
Hong Bao Media has received the support of a bumper panel of nine expert judges for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards, which recognise Singaporean and Malaysian business leaders for excellent traditional- and new media skills. Now into their fourth year, the Awards aim to celebrate great homegrown orators and media performers, and encourage other local business leaders to follow their example.
How to overcome three problems unique to hybrid events
Hybrid events are not just a matter of throwing together all the aspects of physical and virtual events into one. As a presenter, here are three critical learnings you must get your head around.
Winners of Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020 announced
A union chief, a watch collector, a data scientist and a durian candy maker among winners of Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020 CEOs of NTUC Fairprice, Carousell, Japfa Ltd and Lifeline Medical win Singapore Awards Data scientist and CEO of Sunshine Kingdom win Awards in Malaysia Awards supported by Asia Pacific Association of Communications Directors
How to apply the principles of TV news presentation to make video conferences engaging and productive
It’s time to get serious about how you appear in video conferences and live webcasts. They’re here to stay, even after COVID-related lockdowns end – yet I’m still hearing them described as boring, disengaged, ineffective and waste of time. Phrases like “screen fatigue”, “technical difficulties” and “you’re on mute” have entered our global consciousness. So, we've done something about it.
Tom Chng brings out the human face of watches in online interview
Think about watch collectors and you might imagine technical discussions about watch faces, dials, or movements. But Tom Chng of the Singapore Watch Club goes into the stories of each watch, making us nominate him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020.
Quek Siu Rui focuses on the human aspect of tech in Ferris Wheel merry-go-round
What goes around comes around, as Quek Siu Rui showed in a recent interview on Bloomberg. The co-founder and CEO of Carousell focuses on how the marketplace app connects people. It's a winning approach many corporate spokespeople could learn from, and is one of the reasons why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020.
Dr Bernard Cheong delivers stories like clockwork in timeless interview
Dr Bernard Cheong has an obsession: he collects watches. But for us who obsess about interview techniques, it was his appearance on CNA which had us spellbound, which is why we have nominated him for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020.
Miya Toh practices what she preaches in Zoom interview about Zoom interviews
Miya Toh shares in a radio interview how to have successful Zoom discussions when you are working from home. She shows how confidence and giving clear answers can make an interview come alive, which is why we have nominated her for the Hong Bao Media Savvy Awards 2020.
Keon Chee makes a sensitive subject less daunting in radio interview
Planning for your death is an uncomfortable issue for most, and Keon Chee, founder of Legasy Planners, has the unenviable task of broaching the morbid subject and explaining estate planning on CNA938.