About Simon

Simon has 25 years’ experience in communications training and development. He is a media interview and presentation coach, as well as teaching both presentation writing and delivery.

The Skills Minister shows what not to do if you’re asked a question you don’t know the answer to

You’re doing a live broadcast interview and the presenter asks you a question that you don’t have the answer to.  What do you do?  This is one of the issues that we explore in our media training courses, in particular when we’re helping participants to develop confidence. One thing you don’t do is to do [...]

By |2020-09-29T13:13:07+01:00September 29th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

How not to sound like a Politician

It’s something that we hear regularly during our media training courses. “I don’t want to sound like a politician,” participants tell us.  We can completely understand this, mainly since respect for our political leaders reaches new lows and more and more people switch off from listening to political interviews. As someone who has worked on [...]

By |2020-09-29T13:54:54+01:00September 25th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

The joint MD of DLA Piper talks powerfully about social exclusion and provides useful insights for media interviews

We provide media training for a large number of law firms ranging from members of the magic circle to smaller, specialist organisations. That is why we’re always interested in media interviews with lawyers. During our media coaching sessions for lawyers we help them to gain more control of media interviews, to get their messages across, [...]

By |2020-09-16T10:17:14+01:00September 16th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Media training lessons from Kay Burley’s scrap with Matt Hancock over Tony Abbott

She’s known as one of TV’s toughest interviewers and Kay Burley is often cited in our media training courses as someone that participants would find it hard to face, especially in a crisis situation. Last week Burley, who has clocked more live hours of TV than anyone else (she claims that it’s more than a [...]

By |2020-09-07T13:25:28+01:00September 7th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Six tips to help lawyers to be better panellists

Every good conference these days need a panel discussion. One of the additional skills that we often look at during our media training courses for lawyers is how they can perform better during a panel discussion. Conference organisers like having lawyers on their panels because they provide factual information. Our tutors often act as chairs [...]

By |2020-08-25T16:58:44+01:00August 25th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Why more organisations should be asking us about crisis communications training.

If you’ve got children going through A-levels and GCSEs at this time, then you don’t need me to tell you how much more stressful the experience has been this year than most. Naturally, questions are being asked about the competency of the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and about Ofqual, the exams watchdog.  But, in essence, [...]

By |2020-08-25T17:05:24+01:00August 19th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

As far as car crash TV interviews are concerned it was a corker

We often ask participants in our media training courses about media interviews that they’ve seen recently.  Which worked and which didn’t? we’ll ask.  More importantly we’ll look at why some were successful, and some weren’t. “How was the party? I wasn’t invited,” Ellen DeGeneres said to Dakota Johnson in the notorious interview last year.   The [...]

By |2020-08-17T09:55:30+01:00August 14th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Media training tips for Boris Johnson’s new spokesperson

If you’re looking for “a unique opportunity to work at the centre of government and communicate with the nation on behalf of the Prime Minister,” then you’ve got less than two weeks to apply to become Boris Johnson’s spokesperson. The job, as advertised on the Conservative Party LinkedIn page, mentions "essential skills" include "excellent risk [...]

By |2020-08-10T16:42:35+01:00August 10th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Media coaching: can I sell my services in a media interview?

It’s a question that we’re frequently asked during our media training courses.  We’re specialists in providing media coaching for lawyers. Many of our clients also include those in the fashion and apparel business as well as in retail generally.  We also do media coaching that is tailored to meet the needs of architects.  Our course participants [...]

By |2020-07-31T15:36:39+01:00July 31st, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Media interview training – successful phone interviews with journalists

The chances of a journalist interviewing you on the phone were already increasing rapidly before coronavirus hit. Now it’s even more likely, as we point out to people in our media interview training. Although they can get more from a face to face interview, journalists are very happy to interview people on the phone [...]

By |2020-08-03T14:19:59+01:00July 21st, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments