1. Appearing in other types of media is the best way to attract TV notice. The more your name appears in print, the more likely it is that you’ll be approached to appear on TV.

2. If a TV researcher phones you, treat the conversation like a mini-audition. They’re listening out for how you say things as well as what you have to say, so let your personality shine.

3. Pictures rule when making TV programmes. When sending ideas to TV companies, make sure that you have thought it through from a visual point of view. It’s not just about what you say it’s about what you show and how you look as well.

4. Negotiate money only when your appearance is definitely confirmed. Be confident and neutral when discussing fees and decide beforehand if you are prepared to do the interview for free. If there is a fee it’s unlikely to be large.

5. When doing a TV interview, keep talking, be aware of body language and tone of voice

6. Ask what the first question is likely to be before filming starts to help you prepare. The interviewer will have prepared a list of questions and may share some of them with you beforehand. Remember that the interviewer wants the interview to go well just as much as you do.

7. What to wear – avoid spots, stripes (including pinstripe shirts and suits) and small patterns – they make the camera go squiffy (‘strobing’ to be precise). Also avoid all black and white.

8. Ensure that everything about you is congruent with the message you are giving. If your message is sober, dress accordingly (leave the Homer Simpson tie at home).

9. Remember that virtually everyone who ever appeared on television (including famous people) felt nervous beforehand. Nerves just show you that you’re part of the human race. Use your nerves to create energy.

10. Use your appearance to give you the most benefits. Tell your past, present and future clients all about it and if possible include a link to it on your website.

© Joanne Mallon 2005 – Extracted from The Beginner’s Guide to TV Interviews – e-book available from www.MediaLifeCoach.com

About the Author

Joanne Mallon is a former producer for all of the UK’s leading TV channels including the BBC, ITV and GMTV. She has coached thousands of people through TV interviews, from novices to famous celebrities. She now helps women in the media achieve their potential and helps small businesses attract publicity. For your free media marketing ezine visit Joanne at www.MediaLifeCoach.com or email Joanne@medialifecoach.com.