A Handful of Tips 66 – Television Interviews

A Handful of Tips 66 –

                             Television Interviews

Five of the best tips during an interview


When you are being interviewed the way you dress, the way you sit, the way you respond to questions are all important.

1. Sit up straight in your chair  – don’t slump

If you are interviewed in a studio look at the interviewer not at the ‘live’ camera.

If you are in your office move away from your desk. Stand in front of a suitable background.

2. Try for a strong enthusiastic start

Be sincere and informative with a little more passion than normal.

3. Speak with confidence and authority

Imagine you are talking to one of your friends so use conversational language.

Avoid jargon and clichés.

4. Try to keep to the main points of your planned interview 

Correct any misapprehensions.

If you are asked irrelevant questions, steer the interviewer back to the topic.

5. Keep control of your emotions

Don’t become angry under any circumstances.

Pause in times of stress, smile and continue with your planned message.


“Choose your words carefully – to express, not to impress.”


Source: “Persuasive Ways. ‘Tricks of the trade’ to get your ideas across” , Moss Associates Ltd., New Zealand and in Chinese by the Shanghai People’s Publishing House. Also published as the “Secrets of Persuasion” by Cengage Learning Asia and as an e-book and sold by Amazon.com.


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