There’s an old saying, “The early bird catches the worm.” In life, being first has its advantages but in the world of publicity, you have to have the “Three Ps” in order to catch some media attention.
First and foremost you need to have……
Passion: Ask yourself this question: “Do I love what I do so much that I would do it even if I never got a dime for it?” It’s that kind of passion that will ignite and fuel your drive to continue in your business even on those days when nothing seems to be going right—and trust me I’ve had those days. Founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, says you need passion and energy to create (and run) a truly successful business.
Passion will also keep you going because of your genuine interest in helping others succeed with whatever it is you are offering. You cannot be successful without a sincere desire to help others. Just read The Go-Giver by Bob Burg.
When you display your passion it is something the media will sense and pick up on.
Perseverance: For every successful day you have, you’ll probably have five or more where it feels like you’re spinning your wheels and accomplishing nothing. We’ve all been there but let me tell you, those are the days you have to keep going–planting seeds as I like to think of it. There is a season of harvest for everyone so even in a dry spell, if you keep doing what you’re doing, without giving up and throwing in the towel, your due season will come back around.
Perseverance also means not giving up when you send that press release or make a phone call to the media when you don’t get an immediate response. More times than not, it will take more than one attempt to get the media’s attention but don’t give up–and more importantly, make sure what you are sending offers news value.
Personality: One thing media producers do before deciding if you would be a good interview is something called “vetting.” It’s a pre-interview to determine if you have the kind of personality that would make for a good TV or radio interview. A monotone voice might give someone the impression that you’re you’re not very interesting. And believe it or not, in some cases, if you sound too excitable, that could also work against you. You may not be taken seriously. And you certainly don’t want to come across as a know-it-all, cocky or arrogant because that’s simply a turn off.
By consistently demonstrating your passion, perseverance, and personality, you will find yourself generating publicity from unexpected places.