Piers Morgan’s Big Win: Christine O’Donnell Earns an “F” for Walking Off a CNN Interview and into a Firestorm

It has happened many times before, but the trend seems to be growing lately. Recently, rapper/singer Chris Brown did it on Good Morning America. Paris Hilton did it to ABC news reporter, Dan Harris. Sarah Ferguson did it on the Australian version of 60 Minutes. And, last week former Tea Party Senatorial candidate, Christine O’Donnell did it […]

Obama’s 4th of July Week Buzz Kill: How a Simple Shower Curtain Upstaged the President’s No-News Conference

Way back in olden times, when I was a journalism major at Georgia State University, I was taught that a news conference was a big deal. It meant that someone had, well, some important news to share. I guess I missed class the day the professor added, “Just kidding!” Much Ado about Nothing This all […]

Politicians Gone Wild: Weiner’s “Walk of Shame” Resignation in Era of Sexting

Last week we were treated to the finale of another installment of the on-going reality show, “Politicians Gone Wild.” In this episode, the star, New York Congressman, Anthony Weiner (D-NY), announced due to “the distraction that I have created…I am announcing my resignation from Congress.”

Look Who’s Talking: Chris Brown’s 3 Big TV Interview “No-No’s” – Lessons for PR Pros & CEOs

R&B star Chris Brown, no stranger to making negative news headlines, pulled a triple whammy last week. At a time when his image is still tarnished from his 2009 assault on former girlfriend Rihanna, Brown’s interview on Good Morning America (GMA) and subsequent window-breaking rampage, did nothing to repair his reputation. In an effort to […]

Obama’s News Conference on the Disaster in Japan – What We Can Learn?

Last Thursday afternoon President Obama held a brief news conference to address the growing fears about possible radiation leaks from one of Japan’s nuclear power plants hit hard by the earthquake there just more than a week ago. Since the disaster, reports have varied and rumors have spread like a virus about potential danger to […]

Look Who’s Talking: Gingrich Gets a “D” for Infidelity Quote on CBN – Tips for the Rest of Us

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last week, former Speaker of the House and potential presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, was asked about the uncomfortable subject of his marital affair that made headlines in the 1990s. In the interview he said, “There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately […]

A Media Interview is a Bad Time for Original Thought

I remember the first time I watched skiers gliding so gracefully and effortlessly down the snowy slopes at Park City, Utah. “How easy that looks,” I thought to myself. “I think I could do that.” No lessons and one broken wrist later I thought differently.

Bubba brings home $65M

Hillary isn’t the only one bringing home the bacon. Since 2001, Bill Clinton has raked in $65 million from speeches, CNN reported yesterday. Based on figures from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s financial disclosure report, the former president raked in $7.5 million from 36 speeches in 2009, up from the $5.7 million he earned for […]

Yale’s Environmental Students Get a Lesson in Public Speaking from a Pro

WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2010) – Twelve graduate students in Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies visited ten of Washington, DC’s top executives and government officials in the field of environmental issues this week. Their goal was simple: To learn more about the real-world skills necessary to be effective environmental leaders.

Can You Deliver Bad News Without Leaving Bad Feelings?

We’ve all heard the cliché, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but….” Face it; unless you are some kind of heartless cad, no one enjoys delivering bad news. As we kick off another year filled with headlines about job losses, business closings, cutbacks, and home foreclosures, the grim reality is that more […]

Carmie McCook featured in Smart CEO Magazine

Single Biggest Public Speaking Tip: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE “CEOs often don’t view preparing for a speech as a top priority. So when opportunities come up, they don’t dedicate enough time to customize the content, and certainly not enough time to properly rehearse. When they spend little or no time practicing the delivery, they end up […]

Learning From Those Who Got it Wrong: Know When to Shut Up!

This summer three key political figures committed the same, huge, mistake. The guilty are former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC). The offense? When in the spotlight, they didn’t know when to shut up. So, I’m going to give a quick review of each jabberfest and offer a […]