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Five On…Journalist Tricks (Part 1)

1) THE SHORT QUESTION
You’ve not much time to think when the question is five words long -or less. Be prepared and take your time. Remember the pause.

2) THE NOT-A-QUESTION QUESTION
Leaving a provocative statement hanging in the air. Don’t be tempted with sarcasm (“I’m sorry but was there a question there?”) but don’t rise to the bait either.

3) THE PUT DOWN
“But we’ve heard this all many times before…”
You are made to feel jaded; retain your conviction and don’t be deterred.

4) PUTTING WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH

“So you’re saying jobs losses is a price worth paying…”. Correct immediately. “No, what I’m saying is…”  and don’t parrot back the premise of the question.

5) “ONE LAST QUESTION”

Remember Columbo… keep your guard up right until the end of the interview.


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