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This is my Blog Page …

… but I call it “Newsroom Secrets” because “Blog” sounds a bit tedious. My aim in each post is to give you a pithy little tip on productivity that you or your colleagues might find useful in your own workplace — a secret from my thirty years’ experience facing hourly deadlines as a BBC reporter and presenter.  Sometimes I save you the trouble of reading them by turning them into sixty second video “Vlogs”.

And Finally … I only post once or twice a time a month, and keep each written entry to six short paragraphs.  That’s because I don’t like being bombarded or bored either.  If you enjoy them, do spread the word!

60 SECOND SECRET: How to relax your audience (without resorting to massage) 16 July 2018

If you've got a nervous audience, this way of putting them at ease may seem obvious -- but not...

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60 SECOND SECRET: The Perils of Assumed Knowledge 4 July 2018

Do your staff/clients/customers always know what you're ... hmm ... on about?

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Three Reasons why it’s good to be Nervous — and one tip on what to do when you are.

I still get nervous when the clock's ticking towards a big moment and a lot of people are relying...

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How Harry & Meghan could (perhaps) boost your business productivity

A thought about trying to cheer people up (with thanks to my 6 year old niece ...)

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60 SECOND SECRET: How to Speak your Audience’s language 6 June 2018

An thought-provoking example of how two radio programmes made sure a boring story was interesting...

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Three Reasons Why Doing Someone Else’s Job for a Day May Help You Do Yours

What I learnt when I turned Producer, rather than Presenter, for the Day.

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Is this the most powerful question a reporter can ask?

The one question that has never failed me when reporting in sad circumstances, with thanks to David...

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Translation Required: Do you know what these five news phrases actually mean?

If you don't understand the words you use, are you quite sure your audience/customers/staff will?

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60 SECOND SECRET: Up against it in Hastings … 21 February 2018

A trick I use to keep things simple ...

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What the Dope Dealer taught me about Networking

You can pick up business tips in the unlikeliest of places, I've discovered. It's all about trust.

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Getting It Done By Lunchtime

My free to download Quick Read guide that will help you be as agile as a journalist on a lunchtime deadline – by revealing how we communicate fast, tell stories crisply and hit our deadlines. Read and recommended by CEOs, communications managers and sales team leaders!

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