Tutorial #23 by Gerard Braud —
These 23 crisis communication tutorials are meant to inform you and help you realize your official responsibility as a spokesperson. You need to communicate to the media within the first hour of a breaking crisis. You can do this by uploading your own professionally done videos to the web, which also serves to tell your story straight to your customers and you employees, in addition to the media. The challenge is now yours. Are you a positive person who says you can or a negative person who says you can’t?
When public relations people, corporate spokespeople and Public Information Officers (PIO) tell me they can’t do something, I know they are right. Negative people are always right when they say they can’t, even if it means they won’t try. This makes me crazy.
Usually they blame it on their boss, who first says no. Sometimes, they won’t even try, out of fear of being told no.
As I’ve taught workshops on this topic of filing CNN iReports as part of your crisis communications and media relations strategy, I’ve had way too many people tell me they don’t think they could get permission to do it. That’s sad.
Of course, many of these people work for bosses who don’t want to speak at a news conference either.
I have some final thoughts in today’s video tutorial. You can watch it here.
I think you can. I’ve done it many times as a way to show you what you can do.
This link will take you to my tutorials on the CNN iReporter website. I hope you take the time to view, study, and share all 23 videos and articles.
If you, like many others, think this information would be valuable as a workshop at a conference or corporate meeting, please call me at 985-624-9976. You can also download a PDF that outlines the program, Social Media iReports.pdf, so you can share it with your meeting planner or training manager.