Many people in the public eye sometimes have to deal with embarrassing media reports which can cause a lot of problems.
As an author of a popular managing fear book, here are a few tips I use on dealing with these kinds of media reports.
The first thing I recommend is to determine a strategy beforehand.
Chances are that if you are always in the spot light, you will have to deal with some kind of media report in your career.
Don’t wait until something happens.
Plan ahead of time so that when something does happen you will know what to do to prevent negative consequences to your career.
Remember that you will not be able to please everybody.
No matter how popular you may be, there will always be some people who will like you and there will always be some people who don’t. There is nothing you can do about this regardless how famous and friendly you may be. This is something I had to come to terms with.
Always be careful on what you say when you are in public. The media and your fans will be eager to jump on anything that raises any question marks. Play it safe and don’t say anything that will cause problems down the road.
Learn from what other successful people on how they handled negative press reports. This will help you come up with different strategies on how to protect your career. It doesn’t hurt to talk to a public relationships expert who can give you additional advice.
Finally, I feel it is very important to have a strong support system when your in the spot light.
You don’t want to have friends who will bail on you when things don’t go well. Develop friendships with family and friends that are not based on money.
Always be aware of what you do in the present to help prevent any future problems down the road. Every successful person has a right to live their own life, however, I feel that it is important to use common sense and good judgement in what you do.