Diary: Czech journalism didn’t go by the book for crisis specialist

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.

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

Prague.



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

backhanders.



’It’s the sort of situation that’s not surprising to us Brits,’ says

Bland.



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.



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