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What’s the best technique for breezing through a media interview? Bridging!

You’ve prepared and done your homework. You’re a natural in front of the camera and a designated spokesperson, and you know your subject inside and out.

All of which begs the question: Why should you worry and sweat when a member of the media shoves a microphone under your chin and starts pelting you with questions?

The interview is moving along smoothly. You’re feeling confident and you’re articulate. You’re using all of the right buzzwords and your colleagues are watching your interview on TV and congratulating your shining moment from afar.

Then wham-bam-boom. The interviewer suddenly poses a question that you want to really, really want to avoid answering. Anything but that question, your brain mutters.

In reality, this scenario happens quite a bit, and it’s all too easy to falter when an interviewer lobs a question your way that you want to evade. What to do?

It’s called bridging—and it works. 

Rather than answering the question that you’re desperate to avoid, you strategically pivot the interview to drive home your message.

In essence, you need a “bridge” to pull the conversation back to the main points that you want to convey. It’s imperative that you stay on track, remain poised and continue to deliver your key points to your captive audience—despite the question.

By staying on topic, it allows you to control the conversation and stick to your agenda.

The key to bridging successfully is always having a pipeline of phrases and words stored away in your head that ensures that you can pivot away from the ick-question and steer the interview back to the points that you want to amplify.

If you need time to think, give yourself a few seconds by initially responding with “That’s a great question—one that I think about often,” and then provide a “bridge” statement that can start with “What’s important to remember…” or “Let’s not forget…” both of which are transitions that allow you to tailor your answer with compelling information that effectively articulates your main points and speaks to your audience. Just remember that everything is on the record and it’s crucial to tell the truth.

How bridging puts your media interview back on track

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A media interview is an important opportunity to speak directly to your audience, but don’t let the interviewer drive the conversation.

The bridging technique – how to get over that bridge

Put simply, the bridging technique allows the interviewee to move the conversation on from a negative or unhelpful question posed by the interviewer.


Real Estate Corner
Make a profit on your flipped house by avoiding costly pitfalls

Flipping houses is a huge trend in the housing arena. But how do you make sure that that your flip isn’t a flop?

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What is earned media management?

And why’s it important to the success of your business?

There’s a better way to boost brand awareness that doesn’t involve paid marketing, namely advancing your public relations efforts using earned media management as part of your key messaging and storytelling strategies.

Earned media management is focusing on journalists, influencers and consumers to promote your brand through word-of-mouth, news coverage, shares on Facebook, retweets on Twitter, and website comments and feedback. It’s publicity that’s created by a third party – and it’s free.

And while it’s not rocket science, engagement is key, as is creating compelling, relevant and informative content for your brand – stories, posts and tweets that are share-worthy.

And building online relationships with your core audience is vital, as those are the people who will help you expand your reach. 

Between 25 and 40 percent of website traffic and lead generation results from earned media, and consumers, journalists and influencers who share messaging on social networks can potentially reach thousands – even millions – of people.

Earned media strategies

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If you are just hoping that people will publish or share your great content, well, that’s like stepping up to the plate without a bat.

Advance your communications efforts with earned media management

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The need for change is driven by the fact that brands need to diversify their media mix to include more earned media.


Real Estate Corner:
The rising popularity of moving to secondary cities

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Second-tier cities and their suburbs are making inroads in the real estate market. Millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers are all shifting their buying habits to include secondary cities.

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What is “Branding” & Why’s It Important?

None of the rules are anchored in stone

Think of a product or products that you gravitate toward. Maybe you like Nikes better than New Balance. Maybe a Dodge product means superior quality in automotive craftsmanship.

Think of a product or products that you gravitate toward. Maybe you like Nikes better than New Balance. Maybe a Dodge product means superior quality in automotive craftsmanship.

Do you know why (and how) you draw the conclusions you do? Do you understand what made you choose your last purchase over competitors’

Branding helped you choose. Branding is why “Band-Aid” brand is so recognizable (though there are plenty of other adhesive bandages to choose from). There are too many soda options to list here, but pretty much everyone on the planet knows what Coca Cola is, and their sales continue to stay strong.

Branding your agency is critical. It does not have to cost a lot of time or money, but it does require some thought and intention. Here’s a bit on branding in 2019. No one writes the rules and none of the rules are anchored in stone. But being mindful of what to consider when branding your agency – which is the public’s perception of you – helps you hit the branding bullseye.

6 brand strategies for small businesses

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The key steps involved in brand building are to make your brand memorable and to maintain consistency.

5 start-up branding trends to watch for

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Brands are putting effort into connecting with audiences in a meaningful way. Each of these five trends is all about appealing to your target audience as a way to find success.


Real Estate Corner:
Revisiting the real estate outlook

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Millennials and the “affordable Southeast” are driving forces in the 2019 real estate market, says the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Build Your Business’s Email List

There is nothing like a solid, well-built email list – one that actually has people and businesses you want to reach.

Though some consider email “old-school” in the face of social media and text messaging, beautifully built content within your enewsletters and even within simple emails, can reach your audiences in ways social media platforms might not.

To that end, you need email addresses. You also need to not engage in spam (using email addresses you’re not entitled to). Here’s a great bit on how businesses can legitimately and effectively gain new email addresses, thereby continually growing their audience reach.

15 Proven Ways to Grow Your Email List

Real Estate Corner:

As technology continues to affect nearly every corner of our lives, real estate transactions are getting done with more technological influence than ever: How Technology Is Changing The Real Estate Market.

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Checking in with Your Business Development Plan

If you’re like the vast majority of Americans, you probably created a few New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 a couple months ago. In addition to the standard exercise more, eat healthier and get organized, did your resolutions include new business development?

Whether you identified a few business-oriented resolutions or you’re just considering ways to improve your business in 2019, we offer ideas to incorporate into your daily professional practices.

Developing the Mindset. If you don’t have it already, you need to develop a “business development” mindset.

Develop a thorough understanding of how new business factors into your business’s revenue and operations goals over the short-term and long-term.

Once you have that understanding, it’s much easier to develop a plan of where to prospect for that new business.

Business Development Activities to do Now. Refer to our recent blog about business development activities you can incorporate right now as a quick and effective way to get started. 10 Business Development Activities.

Think Outside the Box. Brainstorm, create diagrams, pictographs, charts or doodles—whatever it takes to get your creativity flowing.

Come up with as many ideas as you can for where you can source new business. Then, do deep dive research into each idea and prioritize them.

Make a solid plan to follow-through on your Top 3 ideas. Keep the additional ideas in a safe place and refer to them after you’ve implemented the Top 3.

Stay Positive and Focused. Face it – you’re going to run into some negativity while prospecting for new business. For your plans to be successful, it’s imperative to keep a positive mindset in the face of negativity.

Not every business development idea you have will be successful, and that’s okay. Use the unsuccessful attempts as a learning activity to improve your efforts. Don’t give up and keep developing creative new ways to locate news business for your business.

One additional note: Remember Alliant National is a great resource to advise and educate independent agents on prospecting for new business.

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