Crisis management guru Michael Bland recently ran into trouble
after being called in to offer a nation in turmoil some tips on how to
manage its scandals.
Bland, of the Michael Bland Communications Consultancy, and old friend
Michael Regester of Regester Larkin were invited to speak at the second
Czech Republic crisis management conference held last week in
The conference was held against a backdrop of political sleaze with the
leading left-wing party facing allegations of having links with a
right-wing Swiss party, and a rival party accused of taking
’It’s the sort of situation that’s not surprising to us Brits,’ says
All went well until Bland was invited to make a live TV appearance on
Czech breakfast television to promote the conference.
’I had an interpreter but when the interview started someone turned the
volume down and I couldn’t hear a thing through the earpiece,’ recounts
the hapless Bland. ’I train people to get their points across but not
hearing the questions at all was a new challenge.’
However, after 20 years of teaching clients evasive tactics, Bland got
away with it by giving general crisis management advice which bore no
relation to the questions asked.
The conference itself went rather more smoothly says Bland. Despite his
TV performance he tells me he was even able to make some good contacts.