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The Media and You: Trick Questions Answers

The media and you come down to questions. Trick questions are designed to trap you on the spot.  Answers by Starring Brands can help if you prepare accordingly.

If you have not worked out the answers in advance that will not only neutralize the questions but will also turn them to your advantage.

The Media and You Trick Questions Answers Starring Brands
The Media & You Trick Questions Answers Starring Brands

The Media and You

Media training at the hands of professionals will sharpen your ability to deal with trick questions. Whether you have had such training, however, keep in mind three often-used trick question types. These are:

  • Loaded Preface
  • Either / Or
  • Pregnant Pause
Loaded Preface:

Here is an example. 

“Your leadership is unpopular. There is a protest against you. People say your policies are not friendly and have increased unemployment. How can you expect to survive.?”

Experts say the correct response would be, ” I don’t agree with your statement, but we will survive because … ( give a concise answer if you are sure about it or have an expert draft one).”

Either / Or:

Selection of either one offered by the interviewer is likely to put the interviewee in trouble. Here is an example.

” Your organization’s popularity is declining. Is it due to the protests or to the low morale of your team?

Experts say the correct answer to the hypothetical question: “Neither, misinformation has had an impact, but getting the truth to the public about our team and their commitment to improving the economy will change that. Here are the steps are already taken… ( give a brief list).

Pregnant Pause:

The most dangerous trick question ever made for television. Imagine yourself having just answered the interviewer’s question almost perfectly. You are positive about it yet your interviewer says nothing. There are doubts coupled with absolute silence and a dumb expression. The camera is still focussing on you compelling you to say more. That is what your interviewer wants you to do. DONT!

Your host is using what we call the pregnant pause on TV. To over answer the original question in order to open a new line of questioning. If you fill the pregnant pause it will come back to haunt you. Instead, look back straight into the eyes of the interviewer and smile.

The Seasoned Politicians
The Media and Seasoned Politicians

Chances are you are not grilled as much as the politicians are. However, the seasoned ones have mastered the art of trick questions. Observe them and you will see a peculiar trend. Such as :

  • We didn’t do it
  • Did it, but there is a good reason ( explain)
  • We did it in the past and have learned now that it could have been done in a better way
  • Those who say we did this are corrupt and did in fact it was their corruption which resulted into …. ( follow with accuse)
Conclusion

Since there is no substitute for preparation before an interview. Experts around the world have worked with leaders on this. Moreover, the stakes are too high, and more often the chances are. 

When you are not prepared. The media comes prepared.

Asim Qureshi is the Founder of Starring Brands. A rare C-Level Executive also hired by the quintessential of Pakistan’s Media Industry i.e as CEO at ARY and Jang Group.

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✅ Leadership & Marketing✨The Man Who Did It Twice In India For Brand Pakistan✨Ex-CEO at Top 2 Media ARY & Jang Group✨Ex-Contributor Khaleej Times & Dawn✅ Founder Starring Brands
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Romario
Romario

Thanks was looking forward to part 2 and it really helps me understand things better.

Yang Ziyi
Yang Ziyi

Good Knowledge

Sunil Achari
Sunil Achari

Thanks it is just what I was looking for my project.

Abdullah
Abdullah

Sir! Pakistan media is sold out and not so professional like you.

Abdul Rehman
Abdul Rehman

Sir please I need 1 interview in media kindly help me.

Zhang Wei
Zhang Wei

China media is mostly controlled. Pakistan not so much control . Is good to know you speak truth

Sonail R
Sonail R

This is good reminder as Pakistan is following the Indian Media Masala Style Fake News .

Justin
Justin

Excellent Advice

Justin
Justin

Professor!

John P.A
John P.A

You should start teaching. Professor!

Beenish Mohsin
Beenish Mohsin

Hello Sir I am your student from Iqra Media Sciences days.We run a digital agency now and would love to collarbone with you on content. 

Lukas
Lukas

German Engineering is strong enough to face all kind of media no need to prepare so much. just make good products

Ahram Khan
Ahram Khan

Impressive again. Please Sir I want to work with you. I have completed my bachelors in graphic design

Margaret H
Margaret H

There is no substitute for preparation before an interview

Zaheer Abbasi
Zaheer Abbasi

PTI people need to learn this from you. They need professional media handling.

Laura
Laura

Woah. Nailed It. Cheers!

Lorenzo Guerrani
Lorenzo Guerrani

Twitter has changed all that.

Sarah Raza
Sarah Raza

Wow..you are a Guru!

Oriana
Oriana

Greetings from Miami, Ori here and I am musician and a model. Wondering if you would love to collaborate on instagram and do videos?

Abraham Hoffman
Abraham Hoffman

One of the reason media tricks you is because most of them don’t feel the need to be held accountable for their own wrong doings . Manipulative and exploitive by nature.

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