In our media preparedness sessions, we provide tips on how one can become more effective in dealing with the media. In coaching one-on-one, we will often provide exercises that will force a person to climb out of their comfort zone and think about how they look and sound.
By way of example, here are some tasks that will help improve the way you convey your ideas with media – also, in your workplace, at home, in the public… in fact, just about everywhere.
1) Look at yourself in every mirror you pass — are you smiling? If not, smile.
2) Tape record a conversation – make note of how you sound. What is your current pitch, intonation, inflection? Write down how you can enliven your conversation.
3) Practice voice improvement – your pronunciation, articulation, inflection – by reciting, on a daily basis, a piece of admired work – Mark Anthony’s eulogy of Caesar; Sir Winston Churchill’s ‘We shall fight on the beaches’ speech; or Lord Tennyson’s Ulysses.
4) Practice reading people’s non-verbal communications by turning volume down on television; observing people talking on public telephones; and/or people-watch in restaurants, street corners, and other public areas. List the non-verbal signs you make use of now, as well as the signs you have noted through observation that are effective.