What You Say After A Media Interview: Writing The Letter Of Appreciation
by Gene Griessman, Ph.D.
If you are interviewed on a TV or radio interview show, after the interview be sure to send either the show’s producer or the interviewer a thank-you letter. (The below thank-you letter can also be adapted and used as a thank-you letter template if you are interviewed for a newspaper or magazine.)
The letter of appreciation is particularly important for executives or public-relations representatives of organizations. As business etiquette guru Letitia Baldrige puts it, “The rare people who do write to thank the media are always remembered.”
Having conducted many, many interviews for TV, radio, and print, I can attest to the truth of that statement. I treasure those letters. In fact, some of them are framed and hang on the walls of my home.
Thank-you letter sample:
“You were very kind to invite me to appear on the afternoon show. You and Elena are a terrific interview team and you handled my subject with great intelligence and skill.
I appreciate your letting me give my side of the story. The fact that you are successful was proven by the number of people who told me that they saw the program the day I was your guest and who watch it regularly.
I enjoyed being your guest. Thank you.”
If you are debating about how much effort you should put into writing a thank-you letter, remember Letitia Baldrige’s words. If you do it, she promised, “you will be remembered.”
–Adapted and excerpted from “Letitia Baldrige’s Complete Guide To Executive Manners.” We here at whatyousay.com think it is a wonderful book and refer to it often.
–Gene Griessman is an internationally known keynote speaker, actor, and consultant. His video “Lincoln on Communication” is owned by thousands of corporations, libraries, and government organizations. He has spoken to hundreds of conventions all over the world. To learn more about his presentations, contact us at 404-256-5927 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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