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Five things good media training won’t do

By on November 18, 2016

Media training is something I enjoy doing. Helping people shape the message they want to get into the press, broadcast or online media and offering the tools to make this message heard is a great thing. Generally. Occasionally, though, I’m asked odd stuff. Media training has its ethics Sometimes the odd stuff I’m asked veers into Read More...




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Working with video and celebrities

By on August 3, 2016

I interviewed Olympian athlete Sally Gunnell a fortnight ago for Xero, the accounting company – it’s a corporate gig so there’s no surprise in being uncredited and out of vision. Here’s one of the resulting videos: All good stuff. So I thought it might be worth sharing some insights on working a) on video and Read More...


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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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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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