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In conversation about the BP Deepwater crisis with Neil Chapman

Neil recently left BP after 14 years where his most recent role was in the unified command centre in the US, set up to respond to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Neil has more than 25 years' managing public affairs issues and crises that have grabbed the headlines in different parts of the world, helping scores of executives to help them communicate more effectively in support of their businesses.

Neil now runs Alpha Voice Communications.

I'm increasingly pleased with the live CIPR TV format and the questions submitted via the streaming video player, Twitter and Facebook. Without such participation we wouldn't have thought to ask Neil about the internal communications aspects of the BP crisis, for example, although the question about Neil's regard for the controversial (ex-)CEO, Tony Hayward, was to be expected!

Neil's responses are compulsory watching for every PR practitioner imho.

A press conference with one thing missing

FEMA External Communications... information for job applicants. Please check your answers to the following questions:

Question 1.

On calling a press conference, should you give the press...?

A. at least one hour's notice

B. 17 minutes' notice

Question 2.

If no press turn up, should you... ?

A. postpone the conference;

B. get your co-workers to stand in as journalists in front of the nation's live broadcasting cameras.

How did you do?

If you answered "B" to all questions, please send your CV to the Office of the Communications Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20472.

If invited to interview, you will want to study the following video to see how it's done. You will be tested on this subject matter.

[Guardian coverage]