Diary: Crisis guru reveals how he performs for BBC documentary

Crisis guru Michael Bland, managing director of Michael Bland Communication Consultancy, has spent a lifetime training others to face the cameras.

Crisis guru Michael Bland, managing director of Michael Bland

Communication Consultancy, has spent a lifetime training others to face

the cameras.



’Always agree to be interviewed,’ he says. ’And always be seen to answer

the questions before moving on to your own messages.’



So why didn’t he take his own advice a week ago when approached by the

BBC to be interviewed for a documentary they were making? ’I’ve always

said yes before - but this was for a programme about sexual behaviour

and they wanted to interview me about male orgasms after 40,’ Bland,

aged 55, confesses.



’It’s the first time I’ve ever been nervous about what questions they

might ask ... and I wasn’t too sure of my three main messages.’ He added

that he usually tells his clients to use detailed, colourful, real life

examples to support their messages - which Bland says might have been a

bit embarrassing for the people concerned.



He was also worried about the interviewer rounding up with the question:

Was that it? Bland adds that he will be ’having words’ with the female

friend who put him up for the interview. ’I’m sure it was only because

of my interviewing skills,’ he says.



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