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Make your ONLINE MEETINGS tighter, more engaging and more effective.

Give your ONLINE TRAINING more energy, more edge and more impact. 

I can help you with both.

 Because in TV News, if broadcasts are boring, people tune out.

Choose from my range of online workshops below.

They each last around 50 minutes, but I can make them shorter or longer to suit your timetable.  

Book me for one, or ask me to run two or three as a half day – with plenty of coffee breaks!

Or ask me to customise the content to create a bespoke workshop that tackles your team’s needs head on.

REMOTE WORKING: How to Make An Online Meeting as Effective as a News Broadcast

An online workshop that gives practical tips on making virtual meetings, training and sales more engaging and efficient —  to help you really ‘Hold the Zoom Room’!

What happens:  I play video examples from news bulletins that demonstrate the importance of opening headlines, framing on camera, communicating via a microphone to people you can’t see, using interactivity, and ending bang on time … to gain and maintain audience engagement.

Up to 5 Key takeaway “Newsroom Secrets”:  open your event with impact/headlines — think carefully about your visual background — rehearse the tech — use people’s names relentlessly to keep things moving — finish on time by ensuring you have something you can drop at the end.

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘REMOTE WORKING’ video below!

COMMS: How to Communicate So People Actually Understand You

This workshop uses a high speed news writing exercise to focus on clarity of language and messaging in communications. 

What happens:  participants are given a page of densely written, jargon riddled ‘news copy’.  Their job is, alone, to turn it into three news stories, of three sentence each, that a member of the public would understand. 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  Ditch the jargon.  It’s okay to use short, plain words.  If a 14 year old wouldn’t understand what you’ve written, re-write it. 

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘COMMS’ Video below!

STORYTELLING: How to Make Boring Things Interesting

A workshop that uses real news examples of ‘storytelling’ to explore  communications.

What happens:  in pairs or small teams, participants are challenged to work out what to do next in a complex workplace scenario, with a 24 hour deadline.  The approach I suggest may surprise them … 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  when wrestling with a complex problem, think of a person who will most be affected — and cite them and their story to make your points land. 

PRODUCTIVITY: How to Work as Efficiently as a Reporter on a Lunchtime Deadline

A workshop that uses breaking news to explore the tension between perfection and agility.

What happens:  participants are handed a breaking news scenario — and have to work out which key parts of it to report before the deadline, only minutes away. 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  when having to make very fast decisions, it’s more important to get something out, than get something out that is perfect.  People don’t miss what you don’t give them, because they don’t know they’re missing it.

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘PRODUCTIVITY’ Video below!

LEADERSHIP: How to Avoid Groupthink - have a go at being a News Editor

A workshop that uses story selection dilemmas to explore leadership and courage

What happens:  participants are given a list of five news stories — they must choose the ‘running order’.  As they do so, breaking news disrupts their conversations as the deadline approaches — but they must still come up with a decision for their audience. 

Key takeaway “Newsroom Secret”:  taking an unconventional and/or bold decision can be a risk — but it is very likely to demonstrate sound leadership, and very unlikely to be demonstrably wrong.  Speaking your mind isn’t a fault — if done respectfully, it’s a strength.

Curious?  Watch me in action in my 2 minute ‘LEADERSHIP’ Video below!

TEAMBUILDING: Newsroom Party!

This is less of a workshop — more an end-of-the-day chance for your team to relax over a (virtual) drink, and have some work-related fun … just like in the olden days.  

Choose between the following — depending on numbers, one or two of the following should fit comfortably into an hour long party:

RUNNING ORDER RACE:  Participants are given a list of seven news stories broadcast one morning on BBC Breakfast— and in teams, on a tight deadline, they choose the ‘running order’.  Which team will come closest to the one chosen by the BBC Producer that morning?  Points are awarded, and a winner emerges. 

Key Takeaway (if required):  it’s good not to overthink things — and often if you go out on a limb, you come out ahead! 

NEWSREADER NEEDED NOW!   Ever wanted to know what it’s like to read off a newsreader’s autocue?  Step into my remote studio and find out, as you watch the news titles roll, hear the director give you your count-down, and read the words scrolling before your eyes! 

Key Takeaway (if required):  it’s good to step out of your comfort zone once in a while — and you might find some things you thought were probably very difficult, are in fact quite easy.  

THIRTY SECOND SHOWDOWN:  Participants are invited to sum up their thoughts on a topic of their choice, and deliver it LIVE as a ‘piece to camera’ down the laptop lens.  But there’s a catch.  How close do they come to the 30 second limit the news editor has given them?  I’m standing by with my stopwatch to discover the winner!

Key Takeaway (if required):  in this virtual world, it’s more important than ever not to drone on during a meeting.  Keeping things brief is a key skill — and your colleagues will be grateful for it. 

NEWS QUIZ:  You give me some fun facts about your team or your business, I’ll throw in some news themed questions from the year that’s just passed, and turn it into a fun, fast, furious “Kahoot” style news quiz! 

Key Takeaway:  er, there isn’t one.   This is designed to be pure fun, with a prizewinner emerging to round the party off.  Though if you want your latest KPIs or sales targets to form some of the questions, you’ll be embedding some learning!

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Online communications & productivity training.

Because we’re all broadcasters now.

It’s never been so important that staff are confident working and taking part in meetings remotely.

Meetings are just like news bulletins. They need headlines, they need confident delivery, and they need to start and end on time.

Otherwise your audience will just tune out.

These are skills I’ve developed over more than 30 years as a BBC TV journalist. And they’re skills I can share with you and your teams online.

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There’s nothing better than learning from someone who’s walked the walk. John showed why we need to learn online … in 30 minutes, he used storytelling, he used video, he showed us behind the scenes of TV news. Theory is one thing, but you can’t beat the real deal. Thank you, John.
Ian Farrar – Industry Angel Business Coach and Podcaster

All the energy of my workshops, now available online

Getting together by Zoom or Teams is never going to be as good as getting together in person.

But my 45 minute online workshops will leave your staff feeling valued, energised (and quite possibly entertained.)

They cover the same ground as my face-to-face workshops:

  • crystal clear communications for internal audiences
  • training, selling and having impact when you’re peering down a lens
  • problem solving & prioritisation
  • confidence on a deadline

Participants watch video clips from TV news bulletins, played on shared screens.  They vote on key decisions, and gather in chatrooms to debate — as the countdown clock ticks down, just as if they were on a newsroom bulletin deadline.


Training and CPD that’s allowed during furlough

Staff who feel isolated will feel valued.  New skills will be developed that could transform performance when normal business life returns.

And you’ll have developed skills that are never needed as much as they are now.

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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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