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You Will Need
- A glass of water
- An image
- An emotional stance
- A keyword
Repeat yourself. Start by telling them what you’re going to tell them. Then tell them. Then tell them what you told them.
Keep it short and simple
Keep your comments short — around the five-second mark — and give them a definitive end.
Be yourself—don’t fake it. If you’re the elbow-patch-wearing academic type, avoid the overalls and folksy phrases.
Sip from a glass of water
Since you can’t talk while you’re drinking, use a sip to add a dramatic pause, collect your thoughts, or simply shut yourself up.
Leave some space
Leave a small pause before and after the sentence or phrase that’s most important. This space gives it an air of gravity, and makes it easy for the news media to edit around it.
Don’t plagiarize. Ever. You’ll never live it down.
Did we mention this? Repeat yourself.
Rehearse three or four powerful gestures and use them sparingly to add emphasis to your most important points. Alternate your moves.
Sell it with a smile, but as with all emotions, save your pearly whites for an appropriate moment.
Repeat yourself. Repeat yourself. Repeat yourself. Repeat yourself…