• Executive Rewind: Your Message Consistency is Crucial
    Wednesday January 16, 2019

    When you have good news, you want to get it out far and wide, and quickly. So, General Motors recently held an “Investor Day” at the New York Stock Exchange, where CEO Mary Barra set up camp to report GM’s optimistic predictions: upgrading the company’s original forecast for 2018, and an even rosier picture for […]

  • Executive Rewind: The Intangibles of Persuasive Messaging
    Monday April 6, 2015

    It’s often the subtle things that win over your audiences. What you say is important, of course, but what you’re saying silently helps close the “sale.” Robert Manfred is the 10th and newest commissioner of Major League Baseball. His demeanor exudes likeability. He’s real and credible. He projects a definite sense of accessibility. (Watch his full interview with […]

  • Executive Rewind: How to Handle Media Questions about Your Competition
    Friday January 16, 2015

    It’s inevitable, especially in business interviews, to get questions that pit you against your competitors. These are good opportunities to establish your competitive advantage. For instance, diet program Jenny Craig CEO Monty Sharma responded to a question about the troubles facing Weight Watchers. Rather than jumping on that bandwagon, Sharma drew the distinction between app-based […]

  • TMT’s 10 Rules of Interviewing©
    Tuesday May 22, 2012

    By Eric M. Seidel, CEO The Media Trainers®, LLC  Media training you receive should be comprehensive, customized and teach you strong techniques. Perhaps ironically, many reporters appreciate someone who is prepared. It helps them do their jobs easier and quicker. I base my training on the following rules. They’ve been well received and, gratefully, most of my clients […]

  • The ROI of Interviews
    Tuesday August 9, 2011

    By Eric M. Seidel, CEO The Media Trainers®, LLC Consider this: a reporter interviews you because they want information, or a quote (or sound bite). So, you are fullfilling something they need to do a story. What about what you need, or would like to get in return? Shouldn’t this be a two-sided arrangement? In […]

  • Body Language: The Ultimate “Tell”
    Thursday November 25, 2010

    Fred Smith, Founder/Chairman/CEO FedEx by Eric M. Seidel, CEO The Media Trainers, LLC First, let me preface this post to say I’ve interviewed Fred Smith before. He’s engaging, open and interesting. Indeed, his picture above indicates accessibility. But body language can easily disguise your true feelings. On the other hand, it also can—and often does—betray […]