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How do you keep a webinar lively?

By on April 27, 2017

Media training yesterday, a lively event, and one of the delegates asked me how he should make his webinars lively. He found them difficult because there was no immediate comeback from the audience. I agree; I’ve sat through a number of them and am presenting one to fully launch my online media training course, currently 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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Broadcast: always acknowledge the question

By on May 13, 2016

One of the techniques I teach in media training sessions is bridging from one subject to another, and this is particularly important in broadcast interviews. It’s a three-phase process, you acknowledge the question, you bridge to your chosen subject and continue – acknowledge, bridge, continue, a, b, c. Ideally you then return to the question Read More...

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Media mistakes 8: The interview won’t be on your terms

By on February 25, 2016

Press interviews can go wrong for a number of reasons. One I’ve seen often is that the interviewee believes that by stating what they want to be interviewed about, they can stop the journalist asking difficult questions or straying into other areas. I heard an interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme once in which Read More...

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