As someone who trains the C-Suite on Media Handling Skills, what we in the PR profession sometimes shorten to Media Training, I can empathise with Naomi Osaka for not wanting to speak with journalists after her matches. At the same time I cannot but help wonder if Osaka was professional in citing mental health as... Continue Reading →
Did Bukalapak’s Achmad Zaky really apologize?
For years we have been using Achmad Zaky interview tapes to demonstrate to media training clients what not to do when speaking to the Press or, in his case, to anybody really. That's because when he speaks before cameras the performance is usually cringeworthy for any PR professional. he usually comes across as cavalier, gruff... Continue Reading →
Time for old dogs in new Malaysian government to learn new tricks?
Many Malaysians have heaped scorn on Bloomberg Gadfly columnist Andy Mukherjee for suggesting that the country's new Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng should exercise more tact when speaking about the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue. The anger is understandable. After 9 years of Najib and his cronies, Malaysians feel they have achieved something substantial by ousting... Continue Reading →
Why one should never repeat an emotionally-charged negativism, even in denial
In media training we tell our clients that they should never repeat an emotionally-charged negativism, even when denying it. This, appearing on the cover of the latest edition of Tempo, is a very obvious reason why. Former Armed Forces Chief General (Retired) Gatot Nurmayanto has been jockeying to get into big-time politics in the upcoming... Continue Reading →