4 ways to handle distractions during a media interview

Don’t let street noise, or the sound of a screaming child, ruin your next interview.

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Which is why, as I was watching Andrea Mitchell broadcasting on MSNBC last week from the convention hall in Charlotte amid workers pounding on the stage and multiple sound checks, I was reminded of an important rule: It’s not always about avoiding the distractions, it’s about how you handle them.

As crews were finishing the stage set-up in the hall, the noise they created was incredibly disrupting, and it couldn’t be stopped for her broadcast. Mitchell wisely explained the noise briefly to the audience and then went on with her show.

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