How to deal with difficult media questions: the ABC Technique

Have you ever found yourself in a tricky situation during a conversation or presentation when a curveball question comes your way? It is many of our clients’ worst nightmare: you are fully prepared for your media interview, then an unexpected question throws them completely off track.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Stay on track with a game-changing tactic: the ABC technique.
ABC – Acknowledge, Bridge, and Communicate – is your secret weapon to handle those unexpected questions like a pro. Share your email to hear from us personally and receive your free ABC template – complete with lots of stock phrases!
NOTE: it is important to already have your Message Matrix prepared before using this tool, so that you have your key points ready to steer the conversation back to.
First up, Acknowledge: Take a deep breath and acknowledge the question with a nod or a simple “That’s a great point,” or, “We often get asked that question”. This shows you’re actively listening and ready to engage, even if the question catches you off guard.
Next, it’s time to Bridge: Politely steer the conversation back to familiar territory by connecting the question to your key message or topic with a magic phrase like “That’s related to [topic], and what’s important to remember is…” or “While that’s an interesting angle, let’s also consider…”
Finally, Communicate: Use this opportunity to return back to your Message Matrix effectively, even if it’s not directly answering the question asked. Remember, it’s not about dodging the question, but rather guiding the conversation back to your main points.
The beauty of the ABC technique is its versatility. Whether you’re in a high-stakes interview, a challenging meeting, or a public speaking engagement, this approach empowers you to handle unexpected questions with grace and poise.
So, the next time you find yourself facing a curveball question, remember your ABCs. Acknowledge, Bridge, and Communicate your way to success. You’ve got this! 🌟
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