My courses aim to give you more confidence for dealing with the media and making the most of the opportunities it may provide. Each course includes techniques you can use in interview situations to help you feel more in control, particularly when confronted with tricky or unwanted questions. My intention is always to provide a stimulating, informative and enjoyable training session with the right balance of theory and practical exercises.
Each course is tailored to your requirements. Working alone or with colleagues, I can put together a half-day or full-day course to be held at your premises. All courses include recording individual interviews and time for feedback. For this reason, course numbers are limited to six for a half day and eight for a full day. I also offer follow-up interview practice sessions.
Course elements include:
- What is a news story? What are journalists looking for?
- How to grab the attention of journalists.
- How to prepare for an interview.
- Techniques to ensure you get your key points across effectively
- Dealing with tricky or unwanted questions
- Effective use of language and vocal presentation
- Advice on the difference between live and recorded interviews
In addition to interview training I also offer courses in writing for news, whether presenting stories in press releases or writing articles for print or web publication.
Another aspect of my work is provision of video training courses. These are run in conjunction with my colleague Di Tatham. The courses are aimed at clients who are required or wish to use video to document or publicise their work and publish to the web. Each course is tailor-made for the client and includes basic shooting and editing skills using accessible technology such as smart phones, tablets and desktop editing systems. More details on request.