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.

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

Why Marcus Rashford’s campaign has been successful – and what organisations can learn from it

Marcus Rashford has won his campaign.  Yesterday the government performed a U-turn and agreed to allow 1.3million children in England to claim free school meal vouchers during the holidays. Why has the 22-year-old Manchester United forward been successful in his campaign?  How did one young man end up changing government policy in a matter of [...]

By |2020-06-17T11:24:35+01:00June 17th, 2020|Media Training|0 Comments

Why the tragic story of George Floyd has grabbed the attention of the media

It’s a terrible story that has gripped the world’s media over the last few days.  Really, the fact that it is a terrible story is why it’s gripped the world’s media, both conventional and social.  A quick Google search for “George Floyd” turns up some 260 million results. From the perspective of journalism, media training [...]

By |2020-06-02T16:38:19+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Crisis communication, Media Training|0 Comments

Was Dominic Cummings right to make his 260-mile trek to Durham a few weeks ago? What our experts think.

Was Dominic Cummings right to make his 260-mile trek to Durham a few weeks ago?  You probably have your own view.  I’m not going to get into the rights or wrongs of his decision but as someone who provides media training courses and advises organisations on how to manage difficult issues, I’m interested in how [...]

By |2020-05-26T16:23:44+01:00May 26th, 2020|Crisis communication, Media Training|0 Comments

A new PR disaster for Volkswagen – how was their crisis management?

Just when the emissions testing controversy seemed to have died down Volkswagen has been bit with a new scandal – and a PR disaster. Their crisis communications capability has once again been put to the test. We’re getting more requests for crisis media training courses and our short, sharp, results-orientated virtual crisis communications courses have [...]

By |2020-05-22T16:46:24+01:00May 22nd, 2020|Crisis communication|0 Comments