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.

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 |2020-08-14T16:56:44+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

Media coaching courses. Shock: politician concedes point during interview

The Chancellor did something on the Today programme that politicians almost never do - and as someone who has provided media training for politicians and other prominent people for many years, it warmed my heart to hear him do it.  As providers of media coaching courses it immediately grabbed our attention. This rare moment came [...]

By |2020-08-03T14:28:07+01:00July 9th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Downing Street’s new on-camera briefings – the lessons for media training and corporate communications

Downing Street is planning to overhaul the government’s communications operation and to move towards televised media briefings similar to those used at the White House.  The daily Coronavirus briefings which ended a few weeks ago will act as a model. The Financial Times reported at the weekend that an experienced broadcaster is being sought by [...]

By |2020-07-07T11:24:44+01:00July 7th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Six barriers to effective communication for architects

Essentially what we do as a company is to help architects and those who work for architectural practices to communicate more effectively with the people they need to talk to. This communication is often with journalists in our media training courses and crisis communications courses but it could also be communication with internal audiences within [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:00:08+01:00July 2nd, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Nelson Mandela’s widow shows how to do a great media interview

I was going to write my interview of the week blog about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s appearance on the Today programme on Friday but it was actually the interview that followed his that struck me as the more interesting.  It offers some useful insights from the point of view of media training and how to [...]

By |2020-06-30T08:43:06+01:00June 30th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Virtual Media training courses and crisis communications courses

Media interviews conducted remotely – by phone, Zoom, Skype and other technology are on the increase.  Many print journalists are under too much pressure now to leave the office to conduct interviews and so a phone conversation as become the norm, as we explain in our print media training courses. But new technology such as [...]

By |2020-06-23T16:38:36+01:00June 23rd, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Six barriers to effective communication for lawyers and how to overcome them

Essentially what we do as a company is to help lawyers to communicate more effectively with the people they need to talk to. This communication is often with journalists in our media training courses and crisis communications courses but it could also be communication with internal audiences within the firm, clients, regulators and others through [...]

By |2020-07-02T10:47:27+01:00June 22nd, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments