Alternatives to alternative facts

By on January 23, 2017

If you’re interested in the media then you’ll have read by now about the absurd claim by the new administration in the White House that Donald Trump’s inauguration had more people attending than any other in history. Worse, you will have heard his counselor Kellyanne Conway claiming that this was just an “alternative fact“. As 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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