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First, let’s be clear on one point: I want to persuade you not to hire a spin doctor—but that doesn’t mean you should do nothing if you have a media disaster looming.

By all means get help, and sometimes that does take the expertise of a media consultant. But choose your consultant carefully. Telling the whole truth, whether making an admission or arguing your case, can be a disaster or a triumph, depending on how you do it.

Can we do anything about it?

Yes, you can. Maybe you should, and you may even avert a disaster.

About Michael Brown

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Michael is a senior trainer with Skillset, based in Christchurch.

He is a leading authority on training in presentation and news media skills in New Zealand. He has special expertise in how to present emotionally-charged topics to challenging audiences. Michael has trained thousands of New Zealanders and worked with people who speak on behalf of some of the country's largest organisations.

Michael is a prolific author and his books on speaking and working with the media are in their fourth editions.

Speaking Easy: how to speak to your audiences with confidence and authority

Media Easy: how to handle the news media with confidence and authority

One of Michael's books is about his family's adventures sailing in the Pacific.

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