7 TV Interview Tips Nobody Tells You

There’s plenty of advice to be found on how to prepare for a TV interview. Talk in concise soundbites. Look at the interviewer, not the camera. Don’t wear crazy patterns. But sometimes it’s the little things they don’t tell you that can make or break the interview …

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About Rob Biesenbach

Rob Biesenbach is a communications expert, actor, author and public speaker. He is a former VP at Ogilvy PR Worldwide and press secretary to the Ohio Attorney General, among other positions. He is also a Second City trained actor who has appeared in more than 150 stage and commercial productions. He brings these worlds together in his workshops and book, Act Like You Mean Business: Essential Communication Lessons from Stage and Screen, published by Brigantine Media.
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2 Responses to 7 TV Interview Tips Nobody Tells You

  1. Tom Maddocks says:

    Some really good points here, a lot of them are ‘taken as read’ by those in TV, but not at all obvious to the unprepared guest. As someone who runs media training courses in the UK, where these points are equally valid, I would add a point about organising your own transport. The TV show may offer you a car to get you from home or hotel to the studio, but don’t make the mistake of assuming they will necessarily want to pay to get you back again! One of my clients was picked up in a swish limo for his interview, and felt very important. Less so when, post-interview he was left in the middle of an industrial estate where the studio was located, miles from anywhere, no taxis in sight.

  2. Wow, Tom, that’s quite a tale! Though I haven’t been offered transportation (yet), I’ll definitely keep that mind should the day come. And I’ll make sure I’ve got cab fare home. Thank you for contributing!

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