Get Your Story Heard, Understood and Remembered
Today’s tip from JerryBrownPR’s Tips for Telling Your Story on the Experience Pros Radio Show
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By Jerry Brown, APR
Public Relations Counsel
Get your story heard
It doesn’t matter how good your message is if the people you’re trying to reach don’t see it or hear it.
There was a time when getting a story published in your local newspaper or advertising in your local newspaper and on the three or four local TV stations blanketed your local market.
And national advertisers could reach most Americans by advertising on the three national TV networks.
With the Internet, hundreds of cable channels, video games and all the other entertainment and information outlets competing for our attention, it’s a little harder today to reach everyone. And you may not even care about reaching everyone. You want to reach those of us who are potential customers for what you’re selling.
Another challenge in getting your story heard is that we’re all bombarded daily with thousands of marketing messages. So, we’ll tune your message out unless you deliver it in a way that’s interesting enough for us to pay attention to it.
To get your story heard, your challenge is to figure out who your audience is, how to reach them and how to deliver your message in a way that they’ll be interested enough to pay attention.
Get your story understood
Do you know what your message is? Can you say it in about 15 seconds? If you don’t understand your own message how do you expect the rest of us to understand it?
The 15-second rule is about making sure your message is simple enough for the rest of us to understand it. The longer it takes you to explain your message, the less likely the rest of us are to understand it.
Keep it simple. Sounds easy. But it isn’t. It’s easy to take a simple idea and make it complicated. People do that all the time. It’s much harder to take a complicated idea and explain it simply. That’s your challenge when crafting your message.
Get your story remembered
You reached your audience and they understand what you had to say. Congratulations. But it won’t do you any good if they don’t remember it. Giving us a reason to care about what you said will make us more likely to remember it. Making your message visual and concrete (instead of abstract) also makes it easier to remember.
Having a message is easy. We all have at least one. Getting it heard, understood and remembered is the challenge.
That’s my two cents’ worth. What’s yours?
Jerry Brown, APR, is a public relations professional and former journalist. He specializes in helping clients develop the content they need to tell their stories. He also helps them develop strategies for getting their stories heard, understood and remembered. And he provides media training and presentation coaching for clients who need to tell their stories to reporters or in front of an audience. 303-594-8016 | jerry@JerryBrownPR.com.