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

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

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 [...]

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+01:00October 22nd, 2019|Media Training|0 Comments