This is part 1 of a 2-part blog post
Often, students think that they do not know enough about a certain topic to comment or provide input. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, from personal experience, I have seen students more engaged and more up to date about happenings and trends than many others. Part of this comes from the tendency to want to learn more, but a lot of it comes from academics. You can readily ground your opinions in a scholarly discourse to back it up. In fact, you may even ground your advice based on what the current thought leaders of any given industry are saying.
In essence, you know more than you think you do.
And, it is standard media interview practice. David Rodier of Hill & Knowlton asserts that you can state a key message, and then use a proof point to validate what you are saying.
See what I did there? I said that it is standard media interview practice, then I used a proof point from Rodier of H&K.
Your opinions are valid: you are current, you are aware, and you are informed. Be confident when talking. But remember, know what you want to say before hand. Take your time in composing an answer. Don’t be afraid to say, also, that you don’t know. It is better to acknowledge a lack of information than to provide incorrect information. This will effect your credibility adversely. If you don’t know the answer to a question, offer to help by providing someone with the contact information to someone who does know (as long as they are okay with it, of course). For example, you may say “I’m not sure about that, but my colleague Tabish Bhimani will have more insight into this. Here’s how you can get in touch with him. I’m sure he’d be glad to help.”
Why does this all matter? Stay tuned for the second post where I piece it together.