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How do you introduce someone in a podcast interview?

By on July 18, 2016

I train people to interview others as well as to be interviewed themselves (generally not the same people, you understand). Something that’s changed over the last few years is that journalists are presenting their own interviews as podcasts. There are some things they could do to improve the result without much hard work. For a Read More...


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Andrea Leadsom interview: watch what you say

By on July 11, 2016

An interview is a great thing for a business or politician as long as the basic rules are understood. My media training is designed to help people understand them and make the most of the opportunity. I don’t train politicians. I assume they’ll know loads about the process. This is why the interview from Andrea Leadsom, Read More...

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Broadcast interview: A word on dress code

By on July 8, 2016

A while ago I watched a public speaking competition. All of the contestants were excellent but one speaker stood out, not because she was better than the rest but because unfortunately she was wearing clanky jewellery with a lapel microphone (also known as a lavalier). You could hear her clearly enough but the clunk, clunk, Read More...


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Was Ken Clarke’s gaffe an accident?

By on July 6, 2016

The standard advice in media training sessions is to ensure that the microphone is switched off. We all remember prime minister Gordon Brown calling that woman a bigot. The older readers among you probably recall prime minister John Major suggesting a lot of his cabinet were “bastards”. Then yesterday this happened: Ken Clarke, former chancellor of Read More...



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Broadcast interview tips: Get your message in early

By on June 14, 2016

My media training offering covers a number of elements, including developing your message and broadcast training. One thing that comes up often is: if you’re being interviewed on screen or on audio, how quickly should you introduce your prepared messages? The answer is “flaming quickly”. The reason isn’t that you want to sound like a politician Read More...






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