It May Be Divisive, But Want To Take My Poll?
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Good morning from Vietnam!
During the pandemic, my partner and I lived in Hoi An, Vietnam for 14 months. We fell in love with this tiny yellow riverside town and made a lot of close friends in the process. So, every six months or so, we visit our second home. Naturally, the only pictures I have so far are of the many puppies roaming Hoi An.
A few weeks ago, I posted a tweet that went viral.
One of the most surprising things to come from it was the idea that many PR reps listen in on interviews with sources. So, I’d like to do a little poll for journalists and PR people who read my newsletter.
To me, this is a big no-no. Interviews are stressful enough. No one needs a third-party listening in and, god forbid, chiming in. While many say they would never butt into an interview, I’d never allow a PR person to sit in on an interview. It’s also likely to influence the source to answer questions in a different way, leading to less honest or authentic answers.
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I'm late to the party, but I have had a number of interviews where the publicity folks will sit in on the interview (especially with larger corporations). It's not the norm but it's always a little weird, although I haven't ever had any issues. Just like, y u there?