PODCAST: Andy Gilman, Master of the Sound Bite

February 12, 2009 by Eric Schwartzman

Online Newsroom specialist Eric Schwartzman presents a special episode of On the Record…Online: The Public Relations Practitioner’s Guide to Crafting Effective Sound Bites, featuring Commcore Consulting Group CEO Andrew Gilmam, who was interviewed following his master class at the PRSA International Convention 2008 in Detroit.

Mr. Gilman is also author of the book “Get to the Point” and also post a sticky message of the month..

Show Notes:

1:59 – How to use the iPressroom online pressroom management service to easily and reliably manage, distribute and measure online public relations and corporate communications campaigns with a branded online newsroom inside your corporate website. For more information tweet @chrisbechtel or email info at ipressroom dot com.

3:57 – Andrew Gilman on the objective of the sound bite, and on what it takes to craft a sound bite that gets picked up.

4:22 – Andrew Gilman discusses weaving sound bites into difficult interviews.

4:40 – Andrew Gilman on the best sound bite to come out of the recent US Presidential Election.

5:40 – The importance of analogies and visualizations in crafting memorable sound bites.

6:30 – Andrew Gilman shares one of the best sound bites he ever created.

7:57 – Andrew Gilman uses the WIIFM messaging factor to craft a memorable sound bite on the benefit of car doors that open wider.

9;30 – Andrew Gilman on how the LAPD, LAFD, Teacher’s Union and other California State Employees used carefully tested sound bites to defeat Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attempt to eliminate Defined Benefit Contribution Plans.

10:39 -- Referencing Wired Magazine’s June 2008 cover story on The End of Science, Eric Schwartzman asks Andrew Gilman whether or not the availability of data will change the way sound bites are created.

11:29 – Andrew Gilman discusses the shortcomings of data and the importance of tapping emotional sentiment when designing a sound bite.

12:20 – Andrew Gilman on putting a sound bite to the “Hey Marge” test.

12:58 – Andrew Gilman on the optimal duration of the quintessential sound bite, and why effective sound bites are always longer than what actually get picked up.

14:45 – Andrew Gilman on the impact of sound bites on our collective IQ as a populace.

15:09 – Leveraging sound bites to drive web traffic.

15:41 – Andrew Gilman on the impact of the sound bite on media and democracy, and some of the most damaging political sound bites of modern history.

16:20 – Andrew Gilman on advocating for your interests with sound bites.

17:05 – In addition to his book “Get to the Point” and his online sticky message of the month, Andrew Gilman’s recommends the book “Made to Stick” about how to create memorable sound bites.

17:36 – Andrew Gilman on how top political messaging gurus on the left and the right use sound bites to frame debates of national and international interest, and the power of well chosen words in striking popular sentiments.

18:10 – Karl Rove’s use of sound bites to promote policy.

19:33 – End

Eric Schwartzman (@ericschwartzman) is the founder of online newsroom software as a service provider iPressroom (www.ipressroom.com), and creator of the New Media PR Boot Camp, which has been attended by more than a thousand public relations and marketing executives from the private, public, government and nonprofit sectors. In addition to advising clients on best practices for online newsroom design, deployment and management, Schwartzman offers a portfolio of new media training courses to accelerate the acquisition of social media communication skills.

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