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What to Say Instead of “No Comment”

Without warning, your company can become the center of local, state, national, and in some rare cases international news. Your corporation’s unwanted time in the spotlight could result from:
–embezzlement
–CEO firing or resignation
–burning building
–sexual harassment charges
–huge stock loss
–sale or merger
–customer’s lawsuit
–work site fatality

Frequently these incidents will bring the media to your front door. Even before you can invite newspaper, radio, and TV reporters to a press conference, the “nose-for-news” professionals start bombarding you with questions.

Instantly, you think of similar situations, where you have watched business leaders respond. Quite often, you have heard them answer questions–especially the toughest ones–with “no comment.” So that’s the best way for you to reply. Right?

Wrong, totally wrong. Why? Because “no comment” sounds evasive, deceptive, and suspicious. Seems you must be hiding something. Your credibility begins to evaporate.

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So if you get into this public crisis situation, avoid “no comment.” Instead, use this approach:

“I understand that you need the answer to your question now, and I would be glad to give it if I could. However, we are exploring the situation, to gather all the facts and confirm their validity before we make a public statement on this issue. As soon as we have the information you want, we will contact you quickly.

Then there’s one more step to make this comment satisfactory. Do what you promised. Never assume the media reps will forget your pledge. Contact everyone who questioned you, and distribute your documented findings.

As famed broadcaster Paul Harvey might say, that’s “the rest of the story.”

Conclusion: Dodging reporters damages your image. Delaying reporters courteously until you are able to furnish valid facts and explanations not only helps you maintain your reputation, you are likely to elevate your company’s prestige.

Your Company Needs to Answer These 3 Questions

This brief video identifies 3 questions that your company needs to answer, to solve major communication problems and strengthen your
–management
–leadership
–sales
–customer service
–morale
–profits

Call me today to talk about how my corporate communication consulting will bring you the answers, after I interview your employees.

Call 678-316-4300. . .NOW!

New Slant on “Years of Experience”

When I was interviewing for a staff position decades ago, the department head Al walked me around the office, introducing me to my potential colleagues. Because I had done my homework, before I met Jim I knew that Jim had been there a long time. Jim and I chatted for two or three minutes.

When Al and I walked into the next room, I commented: “I noticed that Jim has twenty years of experience here.”

Al’s answer jarred me:

“No, he has one year of experience, and he has repeated that twenty times.”

That frank analysis gave me a new slant on how we should define years of experience. Ordinarily the term refers to calendar years. Ever since that incident, I evaluate years of experience in regard to learning, progress, continuing education, professional development, acquired skills, degrees and credentials earned, and magnified usefulness to the organization.

Applying that to my career, in 1997 I left the management arena to become an entrepreneur. I learned some basic new skills that first year. I chuckle now when I remember a friend telling me in a phone conversation how to cut and paste portions of a document, despite my saying “too complicated, not sure I can get this.” Then there was another patient colleague who guided me through how to change a document’s font to color instead of black and white. Also, I have fond memories of the tech consultant who taught me how to put down my #2 pencil and operate the computer keyboard. Those were my first grade level starting points.

But what if I had stopped then, almost twenty years ago? Had I stagnated in my advancement, I would not be able to:

–produce my own videos
–video record interviews with experts
–make changes on my Web site without having to hire a professional
–maintain two blogs
–post regularly on the major social media platforms
–podcast
–publish an e-book
–distribute an online newsletter

Every day, I realize I am creating a new “year of experience.” I have so much more to learn, and I’ll find the best mentors and coaches to explain and demonstrate what they have mastered. That approach will cost me time and money, yes–yet the hours and dollars invested will equip me to serve my clients with an elevated level of competence.

Now I encourage you to answer the key question–candidly and privately–for yourself: “How many years of experience have I had?”

Book Packed with Business Information and Uplifting Inspiration

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In Lee Ellis’s latest book you will find a rare combination of business information and uplifting inspiration. Read the reviews now–including mine, which has the video/text combination. http://tinyurl.com/hvwkpjb

CALL ME TO LEARN HOW MY COACHING WILL BENEFIT YOU

First, visit my LinkedIn page:

http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/billlampton

Then check my Web site:
http://bizcommunicationguy.com

Now, call me to discuss what you want to accomplish, and we will devise a coaching plan that will help you and your company communicate more clearly and productively:

Call 678-316-4300. . . today!

Since 1997, I have provided Communication Consulting for Companies and Speech Coaching for Leaders.

Audiences Want to See You, Not a Paper Barrier

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When you speak to an audience, are you a reader–relying heavily on your notes–or are you a genuine speaker, sharing your thoughts while maintaining eye contact with your listeners?

In my Speech Coaching, I help clients get away from the “paper barrier” that keeps them from energizing their audiences, and definitely limits their persuasive powers.

This brief video explains:


CALL ME TO LEARN HOW MY COACHING WILL BENEFIT YOU

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Needed: New Lingo for Football Analysts

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As football season approaches, we will soon read and hear about new stadiums, schedules, rules, coaches, uniforms, Heisman trophy candidates, and more. I suggest something else new: new lingo for the announcers and broadcasters.

Specifically, I would enjoy hearing a play-by-play report that doesn’t include these tired phrases, which are long overdue for linguistic funerals:

“electrified the crowd”

“whale of a ball game”

“a whole new ball game”

“Chamber of Commerce day”

“will beat you with his legs”

“great downhill runner”

“throws underneath”

“cut out the lights, the party’s over”

“smash mouth football”

“quarterback must find his rhythm”

“field goal no longer than a chip shot”

“third down and a mile”

“Hail Mary pass”

“not over till it’s over”

“real nail biter”

“return to the glory days”

“last nail in the coffin”

“game of the decade”

“step up and make a play”

“took the crowd out of the game”

“left nothing on the field”

“got his game face on”

“surreal atmosphere”

“real barn burner”

When football analysts start using fresher phrases, I’ll quit wearing out my TV mute button

CALL ME TO LEARN HOW MY CONSULTING WILL BENEFIT YOU

First, visit my LinkedIn page:

http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/billlampton
Then check my Web site:

http://bizcommunicationguy.com

Now, call me to discuss what you want to accomplish, and we will devise a coaching plan that will help you and your company communicate more clearly and productively:

Call 678-316-4300. . . today!

Since 1997, I have provided Communication Consulting for Companies and Speech Coaching for Leaders.