If you want to send your story to your local paper, get in touch as we have template press releases we can send you. If they do want to cover your marathon story or publicise an event for you, they will probably want to interview you.

Here are out top tips for being interviewed:

  • Be prepared: think about what you want to say in your interview. How much detail do you want to go into about your own experience of cancer or what happened to your family member or friend. Remember there is no such thing as ‘off the record’ so think in advance about what you do and don’t want to say.
  • Confidence: try to appear confident even if you are a nervous wreck inside. Take a nice deep breath before you speak. Your breathing and speaking rate should be steady and calm so you have time to think about what you are saying. This will help to avoid those awkward "ums" and "ahs".
  • Be positive: we want to avoid being preachy or telling young people what they should or shouldn’t do. Be encouraging and focus on solutions rather than problems.
  • Give the answers that YOU want: you don’t always have to answer the exact question you have been asked. Often the interviewer asks general questions to get you talking, so you can tailor your answer to what you want to say.
  • Avoid jargon: jargon and acronyms are common in the medical world and if you or a close family member have been through treatment they may seem normal to you now, but avoid them in interviews because people don’t understand them.
  • Keep practicing: make sure you know your key messages inside out. Get someone to ask you questions and practice giving your answers out loud. The more you do this the more confident you will be. It will also help the messaging stick.
Paul Gibson in the Cambs Times

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