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Number 10 bans certain media from its briefings. So what happens if you fall out with a journalist?

Following their well publicised falling out last week it’ll be interesting to see how relations between the Number 10 press office and the lobby fare over the next few days. One of the issues we often look at during our media courses is what to do when relationships between an organisation and a journalist come under [...]

By |2020-02-11T17:47:26+00:00February 11th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

How to increase the chances of a journalist using your quote as a spokesperson

We spend quite a lot of time in our media training courses working with spokespeople of all kinds of organisations alongside their PR consultancies and inhouse communications teams to help them to create and test messages and quotes. One question that always arises is how do I make it more likely that the journalist will [...]

By |2020-01-28T12:25:27+00:00January 28th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

What can media training teach the denizens of Davos?

Pity the poor billionaires.  They might have crisp, fresh snow and winter sunshine, private jets rather than check-in queues, champagne on tap and hotel suites larger than many people’s homes but those attending Davos this week are under attack. Although around 3,000 people will be present Boris Johnson has reportedly banned ministers from attending, in [...]

By |2020-01-21T19:06:51+00:00January 21st, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Jess Phillips on Andrew Marr – the media training lessons for corporate spokespeople

And they’re off! A clutch of Labour politicians have thrown their hats into the ring to succeed Jeremy Corbyn and yesterday on Andrew Marr, outsider Jess Phillips made her first major pitch for the job. We always make the point in our media training courses that most interviewees and spokespeople for organisations will not be [...]

By |2020-01-06T12:41:01+00:00January 6th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

The ’empty chair’ experience

image credit: sutherland echo   It’s not just politicians who can find themselves subjected to the “Empty chair” experience…. In media management terms one issue that this general election will be known for is the “empty chair” experience.  Andrew Neil provoked great controversy when his frustration at not being able to interview Boris Johnson prompted [...]

By |2019-12-17T10:29:10+00:00December 17th, 2019|Crisis communication, Media Training, Presentation Training|0 Comments

Donald Trump: A model for effective communication.

image credit: fortune.com Controversial statement number one: Donald Trump is an effective communicator.  Controversial statement number two: Organisations can learn from him. I should preface this comment by saying that I’m not a fan of the 45th president of the United States or his policies but, I would argue, he’s an effective – if slightly [...]

By |2020-01-20T10:26:46+00:00December 5th, 2019|Crisis communication, Media Training, Presentation Training|0 Comments

Answer the question!

As the general election campaign gets under way politicians are increasingly being accused of not answering the questions put to them by interviewers.  During discussions with an audience there has been laughter and hoots of derision when a member of the political class, as they’re described these days, blatantly dodges a question.   People often [...]

By |2019-12-23T10:30:00+00:00November 28th, 2019|Media Training|0 Comments

Interview of the week: Prince Andrew and Emily Maitlis

Image: BBC   Poor Prince Andrew.  At least that’s how he’d like us to feel.  And, in a way I do feel sorry for him.  But not because of the onslaught of unsavoury allegations and unflattering headlines that he’s had to suffer.  No, I sympathise with the prince because he’s been so badly advised.  I’ve [...]

By |2019-11-18T11:15:35+00:00November 18th, 2019|Media Training|0 Comments

Five mistakes that you might be making in your media interviews

Whether you’re doing a media interview yourself or preparing a colleague or client for one, it’s easy to forget some of the basic rules.  Very often we find our media training courses that people are, quite understandably, so focused on their messages and the aspects of the interview that are most important to them that [...]

By |2019-11-12T08:54:40+00:00November 11th, 2019|Media Training|0 Comments

Podcast Pointers: What, Why and How?

Our podcast courses are becoming more popular than ever and that’s hardly surprising given the growth of this kind of audio content.  According to a recent report by Ofcom “Around 7.1 million people in the UK now listen to podcasts each week. That’s one in eight people and is an increase of 24% over the [...]

By |2019-10-22T12:25:08+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Media Training|0 Comments