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Win a Training Session with Media Coach Bill McGowan

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Over the past two weeks, we’ve shared the insights gained from our recent conversations with media coach to the stars Bill McGowan, who gave us tips on pitching and explained how the principles outlined in his latest book apply to the PR discipline.

Would you like to score a two-hour training session with Bill?

If you answered “yes”, then just tell us about the most challenging pitch you’ve ever made in the comments. The first winner (who will be chosen at random) will get a private two-hour coaching session with Bill, and the second and third winners will get an invitation to come into the Mediabistro office to record their own shorter sessions with him.

Again, all winners will be chosen at random.

Don’t be shy; share your toughest pitches below. (Sorry, but you do have to use your real name.)

Legal guidelines, disclaimers, etc. after the jump.

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Storytelling for Media Professionals

Storytelling for Media ProfessionalsLearn how to use stories to inspire, connect, and persuade your clients! In this workshop starting September 3, you'll learn how to uncover stories in everyday life, incorporate stories into your media work, use storytelling techniques with clients, all to improve your pitch and presentation skills. Register now!

Possible PR Fail: Gold Peak Tea Disqualifies Contest Winner

The Coca-Cola-owned Gold Peak Tea Company had a pretty cool idea for a contest: the “Take the Year Off”competition offered its lucky winner a $100,000 prize and a chance to quit work for twelve months (not quite sure how that provision would work, but OK).

To enter the contest, tea fans simply had to answer a couple of questions, write a brief essay about what they would do with the money and, if they were determined to be one of the top 10 or 15 contestants, submit a short video elaborating on the theme “The Comforts of Home.” Facebook users would then vote to determine the winner.

Earlier this week, Georgia-based attorney Theodore Scott was declared the contest’s winner–until he wasn’t.

Two days after naming him champion, the folks behind the contest disqualified him. Why? Because he posted a note in the About.com Sweepstakes Forum encouraging readers to vote for his video. Now Scott, who just happens to belong to a family of lawyers, is trying to decide whether or not to sue Coca-Cola for depriving him of his rightful prize.

Let’s review:

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