From Jonah Bryson, writing for PRNews…
The 24-hour news cycle drowns countless stories that deserve attention. Stories cannot land press coverage without a tasty soundbite, as Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson describes them. Hence it is paramount to design, deliver and circulate soundbites strategically.
Here are two that have stood the test of time:
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – FDR
“I have a dream” – Dr. MLK Jr
Both famously symbolize a moment in history and crystallize a broad message. They articulate a vision for shared destiny–one with economic security and the other with democratic freedoms–all in just a few words. As Dr. Tyson says, “Why do you think we call them bites?”
Below are tips for creating pithy, memorable and newsworthy soundbites and getting them seen.
Let’s do an exercise. The day following Dr. King’s 1963 speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, headlines nationwide flashed the words “I Have a Dream.” Now, envision headlines covering your speech, statement, interview or press conference. What would they say?
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